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Jun 18, 2015

Mystery walk-out in Hong Kong vote brings heavy defeat for Beijing

HONG KONG (Reuters) – It was meant to be a major set-piece event, potentially the most important bill put to Hong Kong’s legislature since the former British colony’s 1997 handover to Chinese rule, but it ended in unscripted embarrassment for the pro-Beijing establishment.

For almost 20 months, lawmakers and officials in the financial hub tussled over a China-vetted electoral reform package that needed a two-thirds majority from the 70-seat chamber to pass.

Jun 16, 2015

Hong Kong on high alert as new democracy showdown looms

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader warned on Tuesday that violence will not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week.

Security has been stepped up across the Chinese-ruled city, including at government buildings and train stations, as it braces for a fresh showdown over plans for how its next leader is elected in 2017.

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong arrests nine suspected of bomb-making plot ahead of poll reform vote

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested nine people and seized suspected explosives, authorities said on Monday, as the city goes on high alert ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package that sparked widespread protests last year.

The overnight raids involving scores of officers came three days after police warned they were monitoring on-line activity to track anyone planning to incite violence. Dozens were on patrol on Monday near government headquarters, where metal fences have been erected, before debate on the package begins on Wednesday.

Jun 12, 2015

China growing confident as Hong Kong democracy vote looms: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Senior Chinese officials are privately expressing confidence that Hong Kong will pass a contentious, Beijing-vetted electoral reform package next week, potentially setting the scene for a fresh wave of pro-democracy protests in the financial hub.

The new signals, which have come in recent days, contrast with more measured statements from Beijing in recent months.

Jun 4, 2015

Hong Kong “Umbrella” protests add poignancy to Tiananmen vigil

HONG KONG, June 4 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands are due to
attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark
China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in
Beijing, an anniversary given added poignancy by protests that
gripped the Chinese-run city last year.

The political temperature is rising again in Hong Kong ahead
of a June 17 vote on a Beijing-vetted electoral package that
democrats says makes a mockery of pledges to eventually grant
the city universal suffrage..

Jun 3, 2015

Hong Kong ‘umbrella’ protest gives topical relevance to Tiananmen vigil

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people are due to attend an annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark Beijing’s Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 as tension lingers in the financial hub from its pro-democracy protests last year.

More than six months since Hong Kong police demolished the last encampments of protesters agitating for full democracy in the city, the organizers of this year’s June 4 vigil are aiming to link the events, which is likely to antagonize China.

May 9, 2015

US Congressman says engagement with China has diminished under Xi

HONG KONG, May 9 (Reuters) – A United States Congressman
told reporters that China’s engagement with U.S. lawmakers has
diminished under President Xi Jinping in a marked change from
the policy of his predecessors.

He also said that Chinese and Hong Kong officials were
looking for a scapegoat when they blamed last years’
pro-democracy protests on “foreign forces”.

May 2, 2015

Hong Kong crime spree casts shadow on city’s safety

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The kidnapping of a tycoon’s granddaughter, an armed robbery and a spate of high-profile burglaries in the homes of Hong Kong’s elite have stirred concern in a city ranked as one of the safest in the world.

Hong Kong, which has a population of 7.2 million, was rated the world’s 11th safest city by the Economist Intelligence Unit this year. But in recent months crime has been making a splash.

Apr 29, 2015

Less than half of Hong Kong backs govt electoral reforms – survey

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Less than half of Hong Kong supports the government’s electoral reform proposal which would see a pro-Beijing nominating committee select candidates for the city’s next leader in 2017, even after major pro-democracy protests demanding open nominations crippled parts of the city last summer.

Only 47 percent of the 1,167 people surveyed were in favour of the proposal, which outlines a two-step process for the city’s 1,200-strong nominating committee to select two or three candidates for chief executive ahead of a public vote.

Apr 29, 2015

Less than half of Hong Kong backs government electoral reforms: survey

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Less than half of Hong Kong supports the government’s electoral reform proposal which would see a pro-Beijing nominating committee select candidates for the city’s next leader in 2017, even after major pro-democracy protests demanding open nominations crippled parts of the city last summer.

Only 47 percent of the 1,167 people surveyed were in favor of the proposal, which outlines a two-step process for the city’s 1,200-strong nominating committee to select two or three candidates for chief executive ahead of a public vote.

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