Silencing the Music

The chairwoman of Hong Kong’s weightlifting and powerlifting association mistakenly referred to “13 countries” in her sport’s Asian conference recently. That conference includes Hong Kong, a former British colony where Chinese officials have been expanding their control, and Taiwan, an independent island that Chinese leaders...

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Political Theater

Hong Kongers voted in the city’s first “patriots only” district council elections Sunday, a vote that saw the absence of pro-democracy candidates after Beijing tightened its control of the semi-autonomous territory, Al Jazeera reported. Voters were restricted to only choosing pro-China candidates, with turnout being only...

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Come Visit

Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, is giving out 700,000 plane tickets to folks who would like to visit the former British colony on the South China Sea. Would-be visitors must apply to receive the tickets, Time Out wrote. Critics are calling out Hong...

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Letting Go

One of Hong Kong’s largest and most prolific pro-democracy parties disbanded itself this week following China’s harsh crackdown on dissent and the arrest of its members, the BBC reported. Members of the Civic Party voted to disband the group, a move one of its founders, Albert...

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Out With the Broom

Hong Kong will overhaul its last major political representative body, part of the city’s government’s efforts to prevent pro-democracy activists from taking office and ensure that municipal-level organizations are run by Beijing loyalists, the Associated Press reported. Chief Executive John Lee announced Tuesday changes to the...

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The 47

Hong Kong’s largest national security trial began Monday with dozens of prominent pro-democracy advocates facing life imprisonment, proceedings that some believe mark the end of the city’s once vibrant political opposition against mainland China, the Financial Times reported. The trial focuses on 47 defendants who were...

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Law & Order

Gangsters beat up and robbed John Lee Ka-chiu when he was a boy growing up 50 years ago in Hong Kong public housing. Now the man whom Chinese leaders in Beijing have tapped to lead the free-market-oriented metropolis recalled how his childhood has taught him...

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