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Aug 28, 2015

Coach shrinks Hong Kong presence amid drop in China shoppers

HONG KONG, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Leather goods maker Coach Inc
is shutting one of its three flagship locations in Hong
Kong next week, the latest retailer to be hit by the drop in the
number of mainland Chinese visitors to the city amid a slowing
economy and weaker yuan.

The store towers above Queen’s Road Central in the central
business district of a city where high rents and labour costs,
as well as slowing sales, have hit other
retailers.

Aug 21, 2015

China chemical safety problems highlighted before Tianjin blasts

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Several warnings
preceded the deadly blasts at the Chinese port of Tianjin,
including a state-backed research paper highlighting the risk of
“grave accidents and casualties” in the chemicals sector and an
explosion in another city blamed on lax safety controls.

Two huge explosions tore through a warehouse storing
dangerous chemicals in the northeastern city on Aug. 12, killing
at least 116 people and sending shockwaves through apartment
blocks kilometres away.

Aug 13, 2015

Two convicted of meat cleaver attack on Hong Kong newspaper editor

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court on Thursday found two men guilty of attacking a former chief editor of a major Hong Kong newspaper with a meat cleaver in a case that raised concerns about press freedom in the Chinese-run city.

Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah were convicted of causing “grievous bodily harm with intent” in the stabbing of former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau on Feb. 26, 2014, in broad daylight.

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.

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