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Tens of Thousands Commemorate June 4th in Hong Kong

While public commemorations of the military crackdown on June 4, 1989 were strictly banned inside China, an estimated 150,000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong, despite heavy rains. From Reuters: In Hong Kong,...

Hu Arrives in HK for Handover Celebrations

Ahead of this weekend’s 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the mainland, the city’s outgoing and incoming chief executives welcomed President Hu Jintao and an entourage of other CCP officials at Hong...

Business groups ‘blocking’ HK democracy – Tom Mitchell

From Financial Times: The only declared candidate in the race to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive has identified the territory’s conservative business ¬≠community as the primary obstacle to democratic reform and says his long-shot candidacy will “expose the absurdity of [Hong Kong’s electoral] system”. “The main obstacle in the way of universal suffrage in […]

Chan rules out a challenge to HK chief – Tom Mitchell

From Financial Times: The most popular potential rival to Hong Kong’s chief executive has formally ruled out challenging the incumbent in an election next year, leaving the territory’s pro-democracy camp without an obvious opposition candidate. Anson Chan, who served as the government’s second highest ranking official from 1993 until her retirement in 2001, formally announced […]

Alexa Olesen: China to Settle Constitutional Dispute

From AP, via Newsday: China said Sunday that its top legislative panel will settle a constitutional dispute over how many years Hong Kong’s next leader will serve — a decision pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong say will degrade the former British colony’s legal system… But the Hong Kong government last week asked Beijing to settle […]

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