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Jun 19, 2015

Insight – China extends reach into Hong Kong to thwart democrats

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s democrats won their battle to veto a Beijing-backed electoral reform package, but face an increasingly organised campaign by pro-Chinese government movements in the longer war over the former British colony’s democratic future.

The tense hours before the vote sparked protests by dozens of pro-Beijing groups outside the Legislative Council – a push diplomats, politicians and academics believe highlights an intensified effort by China to exert control over the Asian financial hub.

Jun 19, 2015

China extends reach into Hong Kong to thwart democrats

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s democrats won their battle to veto a Beijing-backed electoral reform package, but face an increasingly organized campaign by pro-Chinese government movements in the longer war over the former British colony’s democratic future.

The tense hours before the vote sparked protests by dozens of pro-Beijing groups outside the Legislative Council – a push diplomats, politicians and academics believe highlights an intensified effort by China to exert control over the Asian financial hub.

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 17, 2015

Passions run high ahead of Hong Kong debate on China-vetted democracy plan

HONG KONG (Reuters) – More than a thousand people converged on Hong Kong’s Legislative Council early on Wednesday before lawmakers debate a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan that could trigger fresh protests in the Chinese-controlled city.

The former British colony has reinforced security after mass protests crippled parts of the Asian financial hub late last year, presenting China’s ruling Communist Party with one of its biggest political challenges in decades.

Jun 13, 2015

Hong Kong democrats intent on vetoing reforms, talks with China fizzle

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Talks between Chinese officials and Hong Kong democrats ended in stalemate on Sunday, with democrats sticking by plans to veto a Beijing-proposed election blueprint in a mid-June vote that could become a flashpoint for pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, was roiled by 79 days of mass demonstrations and street occupations late last year over how its next leader will be chosen in 2017.

Jun 13, 2015

Hong Kong democrats intent on vetoing vote as talks with China fizzle

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Talks between Chinese officials and Hong Kong democrats ended in stalemate on Sunday, with democrats sticking by plans to veto a Beijing-proposed election blueprint in a mid-June vote that could become a flashpoint for pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, was roiled by 79 days of mass demonstrations and street occupations late last year over how its next leader will be chosen in 2017.

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 9, 2015

Hong Kong issues “red alert” against South Korea travel due to MERS

SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong issued a “red alert” advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported bringing the total to 95 with seven fatalities.

The number of new South Korean cases was a sharp drop from 23 on Monday, but the number of schools closed grew to 2,208, including 20 universities.

Jun 9, 2015

Hong Kong to issue ‘red travel alert’ to South Korea as MERS spreads

SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong said on Tuesday it would issue a red alert against non-essential travel to South Korea where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported, bringing the total to 95 with seven fatalities.

The number of new Korean cases reported on Tuesday was a sharp drop from 23 on Monday but the number of schools closed grew to 2,199, including 19 universities.

Jun 9, 2015

Hong Kong to issue “red alert” travel alert to South Korea as MERS spreads

SEOUL/HONG KONG, June 9 (Reuters) – Hong Kong said on
Tuesday it would issue a red alert against non-essential travel
to South Korea where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS) were reported, bringing the total to 95 with
seven fatalities.

The number of new Korean cases reported on Tuesday was a
sharp drop from 23 on Monday but the number of schools closed
grew to 2,199, including 19 universities.