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Xi defends vision of Hong Kong on 25th anniversary of return

Jul. 01, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s leader Xi Jinping marked the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return with a speech Friday that emphasized Beijing’s control over the former British colony under its vision of “one country, two systems” – countering criticism that the political and civic...

Hong Kong fishermen keep old ways, 25 years after handover

Jul. 01, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Ng Koon-yau calmly pilots his small fishing boat through the azure waters of the South China Sea. The 79-year-old has been fishing ever since he can remember. Ng and his 76-year-old brother Ng Koon-hee came to Hong Kong from Taishan in Guangdong province, across...

Timeline: Hong Kong under 25 years of Chinese rule

Jul. 01, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The following are key events in the history of Hong Kong, which marked the 25th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule on Friday. China had promised the territory could retain its civil, economic and political liberties for 50 years under the...

NATO vows to guard 'every inch of territory' as Russia fumes

Jun. 30, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — An unstable world could get even more dangerous if NATO does not remain strong and united, the head of the alliance said Thursday at the end of a summit where Western leaders labeled Russia “a direct threat” to the security of their nations. During their...

China's Xi visits changed Hong Kong for handover anniversary

Jun. 30, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived Thursday in Hong Kong to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the British handover of a city that his rule has transformed from a global hub known for its political freedoms to one that is much more tightly controlled by the Communist Party. ...

Sri Lanka crisis gives India chance to gain sway vs China

Jun. 30, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka's strategic location has attracted outsized interest in the small island nation from regional giants China and India for more than a decade, with Beijing and its free-flowing loans and infrastructure investments widely seen as having gained the upper hand in the quest...

Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

Jun. 29, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — When the British handed Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997, it was promised 50 years of self-government and freedoms of assembly, speech and press that are not allowed on the Communist-ruled Chinese mainland. As the city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years under...

NATO deems Russia its 'most significant and direct threat'

Jun. 29, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security on Wednesday and vowed to strengthen support for Ukraine, even as that country's leader chided the alliance for not doing more to help it defeat Moscow. The military...

China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

Jun. 28, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane. The taxi stops a half-car-length away. “So sorry,” a recorded voice tells...

Hong Kong burnishes China ties as luster as global hub fades

Jun. 28, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Every few generations, Hong Kong transforms itself, evolving from a swampy fishing village to 19th century colonial port, to capitalist outpost and factory after China’s 1949 revolution, to 21st century financial center. As the former British colony marks the...