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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Lam hit out at the

Hong Kong leader criticizes 'double standards' over protests

Jun. 2, 2020 6:50 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday criticized the “double standards” of foreign governments regarding national security, pointing to the current unrest in the United States as an example of how attitudes differ when protests hit home. “We have recently seen these kind of...

Pro-China supporters hold the effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese national flag outside the U.S. Consulate during a protest, in Hong Kong, Saturday, May 30, 2020. President Donald Trump has announced a series of measures aimed at China as a rift between the two countries grows. He said Friday that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong's special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government. The placard reads

China says US action on Hong Kong 'doomed to fail'

May. 30, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interferes” in China’s internal affairs and is “doomed to fail.” The Hong Kong government called President...

Chinese President Xi Jinping reaches to vote on a piece of national security legislation concerning Hong Kong during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China moves to quell Hong Kong protests with security law

May. 28, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that exerts Beijing's broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year. The Beijing-backed Hong Kong government...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's government is working to push through a contentious bill that seeks to criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, days after a pro-Beijing lawmaker wrested control over a key committee that vets bills. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Hong Kong to prioritize passing of contentious anthem bill

May. 12, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government will give "priority” to a contentious bill that seeks to criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, the city's leader said Tuesday, days after a pro-Beijing lawmaker wrested control over a key committee that vets bills. The proposed law is aimed at...

Pro-Beijing politician, Starry Lee, center, surrounded by security guards as she attends a Legislative Council's House Committee meeting, in Hong Kong, Friday, May 8, 2020. Scuffles also broke out when Lee called the meeting to order, with pro-democracy lawmakers rushing the table as security shoved back. Security guards physically carried out pro-democracy lawmakers Chu Hoi Dick and Ray Chan, who were ordered to leave due to disorderly conduct. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Lawmakers ejected in scuffles at Hong Kong's legislature

May. 8, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Scuffles broke out at Hong Kong’s legislature Friday, with security guards ejecting several pro-democracy lawmakers including one carried out on a stretcher by medics after he was injured. Tempers flared when a pro-Beijing lawmaker inserted herself as chair of a committee meeting to...

From right, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for civil service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit Wing-hang and Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui Ching-yu line up during a news conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 to announce the new appointed principal officials. Hong Kong reshuffles cabinet, with five new minister appointments. Hong Kong on Wednesday appointed five new principal officials in a cabinet reshuffle, with new appointments for the ministers overseeing mainland affairs, civil service, financial services, home affairs as well as innovation and technology. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong reshuffles Cabinet, appoints 5 new ministers

Apr. 22, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong on Wednesday appointed five new principal officials in a Cabinet reshuffle, with new appointments for the ministers overseeing mainland affairs, civil service, financial services and home affairs, as well as innovation and technology. The reshuffle, approved by the central...