South China Correspondent, Hong Kong/Guangzhou
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Sep 3, 2015

World Cup soccer qualifier exposes China-Hong Kong tensions

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese riot police will be deployed for a crunch World Cup soccer qualifying match on Thursday between China and Hong Kong that could reignite tensions that have lingered under the surface since Hong Kong’s massive anti-China protests last year.

Chinese police have conducted days of anti-riot drills outside a 40,000-seat stadium in the southern city of Shenzhen, bordering the Chinese “special administrative zone” of Hong Kong.

Sep 3, 2015

World Cup football qualifier exposes China-Hong Kong tensions

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese riot police will be deployed for a crunch World Cup football qualifying match on Thursday between China and Hong Kong that could reignite tensions that have lingered under the surface since Hong Kong’s massive anti-China protests last year.

Chinese police have conducted days of anti-riot drills outside a 40,000-seat stadium in the southern city of Shenzhen, bordering the Chinese “special administrative zone” of Hong Kong.

Aug 31, 2015

China expands presence in Hong Kong with 45.61 million pound property binge

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Chinese government has spent at least $70 million buying Hong Kong properties over the past 12 months, official records show, as Beijing expands its presence after mass democracy protests raised tensions in the China-ruled city.

Three sources close to Chinese officials said the move reflected Beijing’s desire to tighten its grip in Hong Kong after the youth-led “Occupy Central” civil disobedience movement last year that posed one of the biggest political challenges to China’s Communist Party leaders in decades.

Aug 31, 2015

China expands presence in Hong Kong with $70 mln property binge

HONG KONG, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The Chinese government has
spent at least $70 million buying Hong Kong properties over the
past 12 months, official records show, as Beijing expands its
presence after mass democracy protests raised tensions in the
China-ruled city.

Three sources close to Chinese officials said the move
reflected Beijing’s desire to tighten its grip in Hong Kong
after the youth-led “Occupy Central” civil disobedience movement
last year that posed one of the biggest political challenges to
China’s Communist Party leaders in decades.

Aug 6, 2015

Special Report: How smuggled workers power ‘Made in China’

DONGXING, China (Reuters) – On a quiet river bend on the China-Vietnam border, a group of people clambered up a muddy bank. They had just glided across the river from the Vietnamese side in a longboat, guided by men on both banks signaling with flashlights.

The passengers scurried over to a group of men standing by their motorcycles, climbed aboard the bikes and disappeared into the night. Two Chinese police officers in uniform, stationed at a small post near the crossing point in the border town of Dongxing, watched impassively as they rode past.

Jul 23, 2015

China rights activists on trial in Guangzhou amid crackdown

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A closely-watched trial of three Chinese rights activists resumed on Thursday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, amid an unprecedented crackdown by authorities on human rights lawyers across the country.

The area around Guangzhou’s intermediate People’s Court was blocked off by scores of police, with foreign journalists and a small group of Western diplomats barred from the courtroom.

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.