Day: May 24, 2020

Hong Kong protesters return as Beijing seeks to tighten grip

HONG KONG — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied police warnings and coronavirus-era bans on social gatherings to rally Sunday against Beijing’s latest attempt to crackdown on dissent.

Spurred by the Chinese government’s push to pass a national security law for the semi-autonomous city, demonstrators gathered in the afternoon at the outside the Sogo department store in Causeway Bay.

They chanted slogans such as “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” and “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time.” Some set up roadblocks to paralyze traffic in the area.

Riot police fired rounds of tear gas and employed water

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Huawei extradition ruling, Uber in Hong Kong, and China’s NPC ends

Welcome to Nikkei Asian Preview.

This will be a big week for China watchers, with the National People’s Congress running through Thursday in Beijing. The meeting kicked off last Friday with a controversial proposal of new national security laws for Hong Kong that drew international criticism. 

On Wednesday, a Canadian court will rule later that day on the extradition case brought by the U.S. against a top Huawei executive.

Coronavirus control measures will end — or at least relax — in Japan, Thailand, Myanmar and the main Philippine island of Luzon this week. Elsewhere in Asia, the Bank of Korea

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas at anti-Beijing protesters

HONG KONG — Clashes erupted in Hong Kong’s main shopping district on Sunday afternoon as protesters took to the streets to rally against Beijing’s planned national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

Defying police warnings and bans on social gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people gathered outside the Sogo department store in Causeway Bay. They chanted slogans such as “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” and “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time.” Some set up roadblocks to paralyze traffic in the area.

Riot police fired rounds of tear gas and employed water cannons to disperse

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‘Staycations’ with added social distancing to be this year’s norm

Pritchard suggests that caravan and holiday-home owners could be among the first to stay at sites as part of their phased reopening as self-contained units will be easier to control.

Instead of marking out distances at campsites when they do reopen, Pritchard has proposed that site owners should create “wildlife corridors” by letting the grass grow a two-metre width between tent pitches.

She says ideas such as this will keep customers safe but also make sites more desirable to visit. “It’s so much greener and more attractive for the environment,” she says. “One, the hedgehogs will love it and two,

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