South China Correspondent, Hong Kong/Guangzhou
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Aug 30, 2014

China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017.

Political reform has been a constant source of friction between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the mainland since the former British colony was handed back to Communist Party rulers in 1997.

Aug 29, 2014

Hong Kong media mogul unbowed by raid as democracy battle boils

HONG KONG, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s most powerful
critic of Beijing, a brash media tycoon whose home was raided by
anti-corruption officers, said on Friday he won’t be cowed by
efforts to silence him ahead of a crunch decision this weekend
on the city’s political future.

Jimmy Lai, 65, a self-made millionaire smuggled into Hong
Kong by boat as a child, has become one of the most influential
magnates in greater China, standing up to an increasingly
assertive China and pumping millions of his own money into a
movement seeking democracy for the former British colony.

Aug 27, 2014

China moves to limit Hong Kong election could stir protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China moved on Wednesday to limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong’s leader to a handful of candidates loyal to Beijing, local media reported, a move likely to escalate plans by pro-democracy activists to blockade the city’s Central business district.

Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule from British colonial administration in 1997, has been deeply polarized and hit by protests over how its next leader is chosen in 2017 – by universal suffrage, as the democrats would like, or from a list of pro-Beijing candidates.

Aug 21, 2014

Hong Kong democracy stalemate sets stage for possible financial district shutdown

SHENZHEN, China, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Chinese officials and
Hong Kong democrats failed on Thursday to resolve a standoff
over political reforms in the freewheeling former British
colony, a deadlock that could end up shutting down the city’s
financial district next month.

Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, has been
roiled over the past year over how its next leader is chosen in
2017 – by universal suffrage, as the democrats would like, or
from a list of pro-Beijing candidates.

Jul 21, 2014

Production halted at Samsung China supplier amid child labor probe

CHASHAN China (Reuters) – Production has been indefinitely halted at a Chinese supplier to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd after the factory was suspected of using child workers.

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, said last week it had stopped doing business with the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics factory, a wholly owned subsidiary of South Korea’s Shinyang Engineering Co Ltd, after an audit led to evidence of what Samsung called suspected child labor.

Jul 2, 2014

Hong Kong protesters lifted kicking and screaming from downtown rally

HONG KONG, July 2 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police
forcibly removed kicking and screaming protesters from the
Central business district on Wednesday, holdouts of a mass rally
demanding greater democracy from Communist Party rulers in
Beijing.

The pro-democracy march on Tuesday, which organisers said
attracted more than 510,000 people, and a subsequent sit-in by
mainly student groups could be the biggest challenge yet to
China which resumed control over the former British colony on
July 1, 1997.

Jul 2, 2014

Hong Kong police clear last kicking and screaming protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of police forcibly removed kicking and screaming protesters from the Central business district on Wednesday, holdouts of an all-night sit-in on the heels of a mass rally demanding greater democracy from Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

The pro-democracy march on Tuesday, which organisers said attracted more than 510,000 people, and the subsequent sit-in by mainly student groups could be the biggest challenge yet to China which resumed control over the former British colony in 1997.

Jul 1, 2014

Hong Kong government calls for stability as mass protest looms

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Hong Kong government urged residents on Tuesday not to undermine the city’s stability and prosperity as it braces for its largest protest in more than a decade after nearly 800,000 voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum.

The annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China, will focus on pressuring Beijing’s Communist Party leaders for full electoral freedom, organisers said.

Jul 1, 2014
Jul 1, 2014