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Hong Kong Arrests 'Seditious' Harmonica Player

He played British national anthem, protest song to crowd gathered to mourn queen

(Newser) - As Hong Kongers gathered outside the British consulate Monday night to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, a man was arrested for allegedly seditious harmonica playing. The man played songs including the British national anthem and the unofficial protest anthem Glory to Hong Kong to the crowd as the...

In Hong Kong, Mourning Queen Doubles as Dissent

People have been lining up for hours to pay their respects to 'boss lady'

(Newser) - Hundreds of Hong Kong residents are lining up in front of the British Consulate General for hours each day to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, leaving piles of flowers and handwritten notes. The collective outpouring of grief after her death on Sept. 8 is perhaps the most ardent...

Hong Kongers Face Jail Over Kids' Books of Wolves, Sheep

Judge said tales had 'seditious intent,' incited hatred of authorities

(Newser) - Hong Kong, once considered a bastion of free speech, has found five people guilty of publishing "seditious" children's books in 2020 and 2021. After a two-month trial, a national security judge ruled that the "seditious intent" of three picture books published by the five speech therapists was...

Taiwan's Military to Get Giant Boost From Billionaire

Robert Tsao says he'll fund training of 3.3 million civilian 'warriors' in 3 years

(Newser) - A Taiwanese tycoon says he's donating a billion Taiwan dollars, or about $32 million, to train an army to fight against a Chinese invasion. Wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet to signify what he said was a growing threat to Taiwan from the Chinese Communist Party, Robert Tsao—founder...

Hong Kong's Population Shrinks
Hong Kong's
Population
Shrinks

Hong Kong's Population Shrinks

Crackdown on pro-democracy movement may have played a role

(Newser) - Hong Kong’s government says its population has shrunk for a second year as anti-virus controls hampered the inflow of new workers and births declined, but it made no mention of an exodus of residents following a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement. The population as of mid-2022 declined by 1....

Eating Banned at Hong Kong Food Festival

Munich's Oktoberfest, however, is returning with no restrictions

(Newser) - Announcements in Hong Kong and Germany this week show a sharp contrast between their current approaches to the pandemic. In Hong Kong, the annual five-day Food Expo begins next week, with exhibitors from around the world—but for the second year in a row, eating has been banned, RTHK reports....

Giant Screen Falls on Dancers at Boy Band Concert

One Hong Kong dancer suffered severe neck injuries

(Newser) - Screams of excitement turned to screams of horror when a giant screen fell on dancers at a boy band concert in Hong Kong Thursday night. Two of the dancers were injured. Authorities say one man is in intensive care with neck injuries and is in serious condition and another is...

Xi Celebrates Hong Kong's 'Return to the Motherland'

Chinese leader defends crackdown as territory marks 25th anniversary of handover

(Newser) - China’s leader Xi Jinping marked the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return in a speech Friday emphasizing Beijing’s comprehensive control over the once-British colony under his vision of the "one country, two systems" framework. He also sought to counter criticism that the political and civic freedoms...

Restaurant That Supposedly Sank May Still Be Afloat

Clarification from owners of HK's iconic Jumbo says it's 'still in the waters' in South China Sea

(Newser) - A clarification has been issued on a floating Hong Kong restaurant that appeared to have met its demise earlier this week while being towed to Cambodia for refurbishing—though the clarification isn't terribly clear, either. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Limited, owner of the 46-year-old Jumbo Floating Restaurant, now suggests the...

Iconic Floating Restaurant Is Now a Sunken Restaurant

The Jumbo sank to the bottom of the South China Sea while being towed from Hong Kong

(Newser) - Hong Kong's iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant is no longer floating. The 46-year-old floating restaurant, which closed in 2020 after a massive drop in business during the pandemic, was being towed away from Hong Kong for refurbishing when it sank in the South China Sea amid rough weather conditions Sunday,...

Small Gestures Honor Tiananmen Victims
Small Gestures Honor
Tiananmen Victims
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Small Gestures Honor Tiananmen Victims

Police block displays in Hong Kong, but vigils take place elsewhere in the world

(Newser) - Heavy police force patrolled Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Saturday after authorities for a third consecutive year banned public commemoration of the anniversary of the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, with vigils overseas the only place marking the event. For decades, the AP reports, Hong Kong and nearby...

Hong Kong Students Stealthily Commemorate Tiananmen

'Goddess of Democracy' statues pop up as police vow to stop annual vigil

(Newser) - What's being described as a subtle "rebellion" has taken place at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ahead of the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. For decades, Hong Kong had marked the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, pro-democracy protest in Beijing—where soldiers opened fire...

'A Shocking New Low for Hong Kong'
'A Shocking New
Low for Hong Kong'

'A Shocking New Low for Hong Kong'

Cardinal, 90, is among 4 arrested under national security law

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch calls it a "shocking new low for Hong Kong." Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clergy members in Asia, was arrested Wednesday under the national security law Beijing imposed on the territory after pro-democracy protests in 2019, the BBC reports. The 90-year-old...

Hong Kong Actor Found Dead in Quarantine Hotel

Kenneth Tsang had more than 200 acting credits

(Newser) - Veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang has died while in a COVID-19 quarantine hotel in the city. Tsang was best known internationally for his action roles in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, John Woo’s The Killer in 1989, Rush Hour 2 in 2001 starring Jackie Chan...

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Is Stepping Down

Her popularity declined during crackdown over pro-democracy protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Monday she would not seek a second term after a rocky five years marked by huge protests calling for her resignation, a security crackdown that has quashed dissent, and most recently a COVID-19 wave that overwhelmed the health system. Her successor will be picked...

Hong Kong to All Residents: Please Test for 3 Days Straight
In Hong Kong,
a Big Ask on COVID

In Hong Kong, a Big Ask on COVID

City wants all 7.4M residents to voluntarily test for COVID for 3 days in a row next week

(Newser) - Hong Kong authorities on Saturday asked the entire population of more than 7.4 million people to voluntarily test themselves for COVID-19 at home for three days in a row starting next week. The announcement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam came as the southern Chinese city is struggling to contain...

China Battles Biggest COVID Surge Since Wuhan

City of 17.5M has been locked down

(Newser) - As much of the rest of the world is lifting COVID restrictions, China is battling to contain its worst wave of the virus since Wuhan in 2020. Shenzhen, a tech business hub in southern China that's home to 17.5 million people, was locked down on Sunday, and Jilin,...

China Locks Down City of 9M
China Locks Down City of 9M

China Locks Down City of 9M

Massive Hong Kong outbreak may have peaked

(Newser) - China on Friday ordered a lockdown of the 9 million residents of the northeastern city of Changchun amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases in the area attributed to the highly contagious omicron variant. Residents are required to remain home, with one family member permitted to venture out to buy...

Hong Kong Faces Grim COVID Dilemma
Hong Kong Faces
Grim COVID Dilemma
THE RUNDOWN

Hong Kong Faces Grim COVID Dilemma

Cases have surged out of control, but living with COVID is not an option

(Newser) - Before the pandemic and a harsh crackdown on dissent upended life in Hong Kong, the territory was often considered China's "window on the world." But now, with omicron infections raging out of control, Hong Kong finds itself trapped between two worlds: The West, where countries are loosening...

Hong Kongers Rebel Against Order to Hand Over Hamsters

Government told them to turn in pets to be euthanized

(Newser) - Hong Kongers are rebelling against a government order to hand over their hamsters . After a woman and 11 hamsters in the pet shop she worked in tested positive for COVID, authorities said Tuesday that anybody who bought a hamster on or after Dec. 22 should hand it in to be...

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