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Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass...

The Latest: Activists say shelving bill is not enough

Jun. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7:30 p.m. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam after she shelved an unpopular bill backed by Beijing. Geng Shuang said Saturday that the Chinese government...

Hong Kong's first female leader fights for political life

Jun. 15, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority. Yet the ground has shifted considerably since she...

China denies its vessel intentionally sank Filipino boat

Jun. 15, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China has acknowledged its fishing vessel hit a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea in an incident that prompted an outcry in the Philippines but denies the collision was intentional. The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest after Filipino fishermen said a Chinese...

US has 'deep concerns' about UN official's trip to China

Jun. 14, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government expressed deep concerns to the U.N. about a reported trip by the U.N. counterterrorism chief to the restive Xinjiang region in China's far west. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, in a phone call Friday with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, called the...

Calls mount for compromise over unpopular Hong Kong bill

Jun. 14, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests. Some members of the Executive Council, Hong Kong's Cabinet, said she should perhaps rethink plans to rush the bills' passage....

Trump administration suspends trade complaint against China

Jun. 14, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has suspended a complaint it had made against China to the World Trade Organization, a shift that might signal a slight opening in the administration's trade war with Beijing. The WTO says it's granted a request to suspend work until December on the...

The Latest: China summons US envoy over Hong Kong criticism

Jun. 14, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong extradition bill and protests (all times local): 8:20 p.m. China has summoned a U.S. envoy in Beijing to protest what it calls "irresponsible words and deeds" on an extradition bill that has triggered massive demonstrations in Hong Kong. China's foreign ministry...

Panama Canal: Japan now No. 2 user as US-China trade suffers

Jun. 13, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Japan has overtaken China to become the second-biggest user of the Panama Canal amid an escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington, canal authorities said Thursday. China's slip to third is due to decreased shipments of natural and liquid petroleum gas as the Asian giant is...

Taiwan complains about Spain's extraditions to China

Jun. 13, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Taiwan is accusing Spain of double standards when it comes to extraditing criminal suspects to China after the government in Madrid sent to Beijing a group of 94 Taiwanese citizens accused of telephone and online fraud. Spain has extradited 225 suspects in all, including 218 Taiwanese, who...