Day: June 3, 2020

HSBC backs China’s national security law for Hong Kong

The leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, Joshua Wong, has called on the UK Government to “take vigorous action” to protect the former British colony from a controversial security law following Peter Wong’s move.  

“HSBC’s case provides a vivid example demonstrating how China will use the national security law as new leverage for more political influence over the foreign business community in this international financial city,” he said.

“Business circles, banks, lawyers and scholars fear the law will introduce censorship to Hong Kong.”

Mr Wong, who has twice been jailed for his role in the campaign, called on the UK

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Two Yomiuri Giants baseball players test positive for coronavirus

TOKYO — The Yomiuri Giants professional baseball team announced on Wednesday that players Hayato Sakamoto and Takumi Ohshiro have tested positive for the coronavirus. It canceled a practice game with the Saitama Seibu Lions scheduled on the same day.

The player infections are the first reported by the Giants. The Hanshin Tigers announced on April 18 that its three of its players tested positive.

The Tokyo-based Giants had 218 people including its team manager, coaches and players take antibody tests for the virus from May 29 to May 31 and found four positive results. After taking polymerase chain reaction, or

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China to skip Hong Kong forums, limiting local input on security bill

HONG KONG — All open forums to solicit views on China’s pending national security laws covering Hong Kong will be held on the mainland, the territory’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, said in Beijing on Wednesday.

The National People’s Congress bypassed Hong Kong’s deadlocked legislature in late May to enact its own framework for punishing acts of “separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference” in the city. The sudden move by China’s parliament alarmed Hong Kong residents and Western governments, who fear the planned new laws imperil civil liberties.

The Hong Kong Bar Association, which represents lawyers in the city, earlier on

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Canadian telecoms lock Huawei out of 5G networks

GUANGZHOU — Two Canadian telecommunication providers have decided not to procure equipment from Huawei Technologies for their 5G networks, in a major setback for the Chinese supplier’s business ambitions in that country. 

Vancouver-based telecom Telus released a statement Tuesday saying it will adopt equipment from Ericsson and Nokia to build its fifth-generation infrastructure. The same day, Bell Canada announced it has chosen Ericsson as its 5G device source.

Both Telus and Bell use Huawei equipment for portions of their current networks. Telus in particular has run a 5G research center jointly with Huawei, but the Canadian carrier will distance itself

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