The Trump administration, taking an increasingly hard line against China on multiple fronts recently, has sanctioned many top officials over Hong Kong, including the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who is seen as a China mouthpiece. But China is hardly backing down. On Monday, it fired back with sanctions of its own, targeting U.S. senators including Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton for “behaving badly on Hong Kong–related issues.” … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s Media Crackdown Has Begun in Earnest
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Lai’s home is under near-constant surveillance by people who are presumed to be working for pro-Beijing organizations. Last September, masked men threw petrol bombs at his residence. The same happened in 2015. And two years before that, a man drove a car into the gate of Lai’s residence, then left an ax and machete in the driveway as a warning to the media mogul. … [Read more...] about Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Media Mogul Who Met With Pompeo and Pence, Arrested for ‘Collusion With Foreign Forces’
Under Hong Kong’s Basic Law, the Communist Party does not have the power to enforce any laws passed through Beijing. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has nonetheless enforced the “national security” law on the grounds that it is meant to protect the Chinese homeland following the Hong Kong legislature failing to pass a controversial law last year that would have allowed police to extradite anyone present in the city into the secretive Chinese prison system. Lam has argued that this thus falls under exercises of sovereignty by China, which the Basic Law allows. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Swarm of 200 Police Raid Anti-Communist Newspaper
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE and Congress must put an end to their complacency. Within the last year, Beijing banned the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party. Pro-democracy candidates were disqualified from elections and even arrested. Since the passage of the new security law, free speech, free press, and free assembly have all collapsed. … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong go the way of Xinjiang?
The 71-year-old Lai is an outspoken pro-democracy figure and regularly criticizes China’s authoritarian rule and Hong Kong’s government. He heads the Next Digital Group, which operates the pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily. The paper often condemns China’s Communist Party government and has urged readers to take part in anti-government protests that raged over the past year. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom raided under China’s new security law