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China threatens response to new US sanctions over Hong Kong

Oct. 15, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said new U.S. sanctions on officials responsible for Hong Kong security are an attempt to undermine the city’s stability and threatened unspecified countermeasures. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China “firmly opposes and strongly...

In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 photo, university students put up posters to demand of releasing the 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities, at a

Pompeo defends 12 Hong Kongers detained by China

Oct. 14, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the 12 Hong Kong residents who were detained by China while allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan by boat in August, saying that they had “committed no crime.” “They simply believe that they are worthy of freedom and the...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to a reporter's questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Lam said Monday that her annual policy address scheduled for this week will be delayed until she travels to Beijing to ask the Chinese central government for help with measures to help her city's battered economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong leader seeking Beijing's help for ailing economy

Oct. 12, 2020 4:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Monday she will fly to Beijing to ask Chinese leaders for help to pull the territory out of its economic slump. Lam said an annual speech she was due to make this week about government plans will be postponed until she returns from Beijing. She...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Chan Tong-kai walks out as he is released from prison in Hong Kong. Chan, a Hong Kong murder suspect, whose case led the government to attempt to pass an extradition bill in 2019 that sparked massive protests, is expected to return to Taiwan to answer the charges of killing his girlfriend. Chan said Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 that his lawyer was arranging for his return to the self-ruled island. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Hong Kong murder suspect plans to turn himself in to Taiwan

Oct. 2, 2020 1:49 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong murder suspect, whose case led the government to attempt to pass an extradition bill last year that sparked massive protests, is expected to return to Taiwan this month to answer the charges of killing his girlfriend. Chan Tong-kai, who is accused of killing his pregnant...

A police officer displays a warning banner on China's National Day in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. A popular shopping district in Causeway Bay saw a heavy police presence on the National Day holiday despite low protester turnout. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police arrest 86 for protesting on China holiday

Oct. 1, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested at least 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds gathered on the streets of a popular shopping district and other areas chanting pro-democracy slogans. Those arrested included four district councilors,...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to a reporter's questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Lam said the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen its image damaged in the international arena following China’s imposition in June of a sweeping national security law demanding total loyalty to China’s ruling Communist Party. Lam declined to comment directly to reporters on the reasons behind the resignation of an Australian judge on Hong Kong’s top court that has raised the questions about the future of judicial independence in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Lam says Australian judge gave no reason for quitting

Sep. 22, 2020 4:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that an Australian judge on Hong Kong’s top court gave no reason for his resignation, a move that has raised questions about the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s reputation for judicial independence. Judge James Spigelman told...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus shop for vegetables in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. India's coronavirus cases are now the second-highest in the world and only behind the United States. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Asia Today: India adds over 83,000 cases, nears 5 million

Sep. 15, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India confirmed more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total caseload to nearly 5 million. The Health Ministry also reported 1,054 new deaths, driving total fatalities up to 80,776. With 4.93 million confirmed cases, India has the second-highest total in the world...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Lam said Tuesday that the government had not received any information from Taiwan authorities regarding media reports that they are holding five Hong Kong citizens who reportedly were fleeing to Taiwan on a boat.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong: No information on reported detentions in Taiwan

Sep. 15, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that Taiwan has not disclosed information about the reported detentions of five Hong Kongers who may have attempted to flee there by boat to escape possible prosecution at home under a tough new national security law. The Hong Kong government...

FILE - In this July 4, 2020, file photo, a woman carries an American flag during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. The U.S. has issued a new advisory Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of

US issues sweeping new travel warning for China, Hong Kong

Sep. 15, 2020 5:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. on Tuesday issued a sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of “arbitrary detention" and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws." The advisory is likely to heighten tensions between the sides that have spiked since...