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Jul 24, 2015

Special Report: How Sony sanitized Adam Sandler movie to please Chinese censors

HONG KONG/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures – the Great Wall.

That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment this week in the United States. The aliens strike iconic sites elsewhere, smashing the Taj Mahal in India, the Washington Monument and parts of Manhattan.

Jul 24, 2015

How Sony sanitized Adam Sandler movie to please Chinese censors

HONG KONG/LOS ANGELES, July 24 (Reuters) – In a 2013 script
for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one
of China’s national treasures – the Great Wall.

That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi
comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures
Entertainment this week in the United States. The aliens strike
iconic sites elsewhere, smashing the Taj Mahal in India, the
Washington Monument and parts of Manhattan.

Jul 17, 2015

Separatist yearning of Hong Kong youth spurs mainland bridge-building

HONG KONG (Reuters) – On a recent Sunday night in the working class Hong Kong district of Mong Kok, a group of young, radical activists swore through loud-hailers and gestured rudely as they denounced mainland Chinese as “prostitutes” and “barbarians”.

The youngsters are members of a new front that is using increasingly aggressive tactics to demand an independent Hong Kong free from mainland China’s grip.

Jul 15, 2015

Insight – China meat smuggling crackdown stokes risky underground trade

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) – On a dusty industrial lot in northern Hong Kong, a group of travellers sheltered in the shade away from the pressing July heat, packing old cloth bags and backpacks with Styrofoam to protect a more precious cargo: smuggled meat.

Crowded amid the warehouses of Sheung Shui, a remote suburb near the mainland border, the group of around 40 are about to take frozen Brazilian beef into China to feed a growing demand for meat that is unsated by local produce or approved imports.

Jul 15, 2015

China meat smuggling crackdown stokes risky underground trade

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, July 16 (Reuters) – On a dusty
industrial lot in northern Hong Kong, a group of travellers
sheltered in the shade away from the pressing July heat, packing
old cloth bags and backpacks with Styrofoam to protect a more
precious cargo: smuggled meat.

Crowded amid the warehouses of Sheung Shui, a remote suburb
near the mainland border, the group of around 40 are about to
take frozen Brazilian beef into China to feed a growing demand
for meat that is unsated by local produce or approved imports.

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..

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