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Myanmar protesters accuse China of backing coup plotters

Activists allege Beijing setting up ‘great firewall’ and call for boycott of Chinese products.

Since a week ago, Myanmar social media has been alight with rumours after a series of cargo flights confirmed by flight tracker websites from the Chinese city of Kunming landed in Yangon when the country’s airspace was restricted.

Protesters have speculated that the flights contained internet-blocking information technology software, or Chinese soldiers.

Anti-coup demonstrators have massed outside the Chinese embassy in Yangon over the past week, holding placards attacking Beijing or showing President Xi Jinping dangling senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta chief, by marionette strings.

Source: FT #Feb17

https://www.ft.com/content/43e6ecfe-081a-4390-aa18-154ec87ff764

#MyanmarCoup #ChinaBackMyanmarCoup #ChinaFireWall
U.K. Points to Political Risk in New Hong Kong Business Guidance

The U.K. highlighted increasing political risks in its latest guidance on conducting business in Hong Kong, pointedly dropping references to relations with its former colony as “positive” and “beneficial.”

The U.K. government updated its guidance Tuesday for the business risk level in Hong Kong to include a warning that a China-drafted national security law imposed last year was “already reducing the extent to which the people of Hong Kong are able to exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms.” The guidance also lays out recent political changes in Hong Kong, citing “increasing concerns” about

#Bloomberg

https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/u-k-points-to-political-risk-in-new-hong-kong-business-guidance

#Feb17 #PoliticalRiskInHongKong #HongKong #HKBusinessGuidance
Senior Liberal MP urges Trudeau cabinet to ‘wake up and smell the roses’ on China

Source: The Globe and mail #Feb16

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Senior Liberal MP urges Trudeau cabinet to ‘wake up and smell the roses’ on China

The Liberal chair of the Commons finance committee says a budget recommendation calling on Ottawa to pull out of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank should serve as a “wake up and smell the roses” moment for Canada.

Liberal MP Wayne Easter, who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien in charge of Canada’s security agencies, said that Canada needs to recognize the serious threat China poses to western democracies. He also criticized the fact that universities are still conducting research projects with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

The Globe and Mail reported Monday that the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), a federal agency, is collaborating with the Canadian arm of Huawei to fund the studies.

Source: The Globe and mail #Feb16

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-senior-liberal-mp-urges-trudeau-cabinet-to-wake-up-and-smell-the-roses/

#Canada #ChinaHostageDiplomacy
#Court #818Rally #PoliticalPersecution
German Parliament Member: We should not give up on Hong Kong democracy advocates


Source: Stand News #Feb17

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German Parliament Member: We should not give up on Hong Kong democracy advocates

In Hong Kong, a number of pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong were accused of "organising and participating in the an assembly at Victoria Park on August 18, 2019 during the Anti-ELAB movement.

Among them were Lee Chu-Ming, Founding Chairman of the Democratic Party; Margaret Ng Ngoi-Yee, barrister and ex-Legislative Councillor; and Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, Founder of Apple Daily. They were charged of "oganising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly". The trial began in court on Feb 16, 2021.

In Germany, #GydeJensen, the youngest female member of the #GermanParliament, showed support for the pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. She uploaded photos of her holding up a sign which said “WE STAND WITH HONGKONG”. She also mentioned that she had made motion in the parliament, urging #Germany and the #EU to show more concern on human rights issues.

Jensen stated that the prosecution of the pro-democracy figures was undoubtedly a political one, and was part of Xi Jinping’s plan to silence the democratic movement in Hong Kong, so that Hong Kong people would give up their hope on freedom and democracy.

Jensen warns that the agenda also applied to the international level. She stressed that international figures could not let themselves get numbed by Hong Kong’s current situation, nor give up on Hong Kong’s democratic advocates.

Source: Stand News #Feb17

#GlobalSupport #JimmyLai #MargaretNg #StandWithHongKong #InternationalSociety
#PoliceState #HumanitarianCrisis
Hong Kong Bar Association: Immigration amendment bill may affect HKers' Freedom of Movement

Source: Stand News, #Feb16

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Hong Kong Bar Association: Immigration amendment bill may affect HKers' Freedom of Movement

The Hong Kong Legislative Council (#LegCo) has been deliberating a proposed amendment bill to the #ImmigrationOrdinance, which would empower the Head of the Immigration Bureau to forbid passengers or crew members from boarding a plane.

The Hong Kong Bar Association (#HKBA) issued a statement on February 16, 2021, pointing out that the proposed amendment might hinder citizens’ rights to leave Hong Kong and contravene the #BasicLaw or the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance.

The Bar Association pointed out that there was a Court of Final Appeal case which stated that discretion could not be exercised lightly if the legislation involved restrictions on basic human rights.

The Association reiterated that the government should make it clear in the amendment bill so that the Ordinance would not be interpreted too loosely.

Given the general nature of the primary legislation, if the government wanted to reflect the legislative intent, it should clearly stipulate that the Head of the Immigration Bureau could only exercise limited powers in relation to incoming flights.

Source: Stand News, #Feb16

The Statement Issued by Hong Kong Bar Association:
https://www.hkba.org/sites/default/files/20210216%20-%20%20Statement%20on%20SB%27s%20clarifications%20on%20Immigration%20%28Amendment%29%20Bill%20%28Chi%29.pdf

#ImmigrationBureau #Power #HumanRights #FreedomofMovement #AmendmentBill
Canada-China Relations: Trudeau hopes for the release of two Canadian citizens before New Year; government sources have yet to receive any new information

Source: Apple Daily #Dec17

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Canada-China Relations: Trudeau hopes for the release of two Canadian citizens before New Year; government sources have yet to receive any new information

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he hoped for good news soon about two citizens who have been detained in China for the last two years.

Canadian police picked up Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant in December 2018. Shortly after, China arrested businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig on espionage charges, which Canada has described as a case of hostage diplomacy.

Asked by Global News whether he thought there would be good news for the men’s families before the New Year, Trudeau replied: “I certainly hope so,” and said, “they are just an inspiration to me ... we’re doing everything we can, both directly with China and with allies.”

Canada has consistently said the return of the two men is its top foreign policy priority. However, sources said they had not heard of any recent developments.

#Canada #China #espionage #Huawei #Trudeau #diplomacy

Source: Apple Daily #Dec17

https://hk.appledaily.com/international/20201217/YY5UVG2JAFBO7CX7C23576LMOU/
British MPs Call for Boycotting Beijing Winter Olympics: Uyghur Genocide Evidence is Clear, but the UK Has No Spine to Resist

Source from: The Stand News #Feb07

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British MPs Call for Boycotting Beijing Winter Olympics: Uyghur Genocide Evidence is Clear, but the UK Has No Spine to Resist

The British political circle continues to suppress Beijing on human right issues in China. Some parliamentarians and dignitaries call on the government, the Olympic Committee and athletes to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

Both UK Liberal Democratic Party Leader Ed Davey and Labour Party Member Chris Bryant urged the government and British Olympics Committee to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics. Davey indicated that the Winter Olympics would be a tool for Beijing's political propaganda. He also stated that the genocide evidence in Xinjiang done by China is very conclusive. All five types of genocide listed in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide against Genocide occurred in Xinjiang. He accused that the British government of not daring to act is cowardly. “It is so strange that the British government has so far failed to resist. I cannot see why people would still want to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics. In my opinion, the British Olympics Committee should urge the International Olympics Committee to hold the Olympics games in other places. Otherwise, we will boycott."

Source from: The Stand News #Feb07

https://bit.ly/3pLzTww

#China #Xinjiang #Beijing #Uyghur #Genocide #HumanRights #UK #British #UnitedKingdom #WinterOlympics #UnitedNations #boycott #Olympic
Thousands in Hong Kong sign up to BNO visa scheme for UK citizenship

The new immigration route for British National Overseas (BNO) citizens from Hong Kong opened for applications on January 31. 5.4 million Hongkongers could ultimately be eligible for British citizenship under this scheme.

The UK government expects about 300,000 people to come to the UK under this scheme in the first five years.

Almost 5,000 Hongkongers have already applied for the UK’s visa route a fortnight after the scheme opened.

Source: The Times #Feb18

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thousands-in-hong-kong-sign-up-to-bno-visa-scheme-for-uk-citizenship-jbgffszbn

#BNOVisa #HonKong #UK #lifeBoat
Chinese Companies Supplying Arms, Military Equipment to Myanmar: Group

The five largest suppliers are Chinese state-owned enterprises, including China North Industries Group (NORINCO), the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC), the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (CASIC), and the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC).

More than a dozen other suppliers were funded from China or Hong Kong.

Chairman of the Myanmar-Burma Assistance Association Zhang Shengqi said that it was not a secret China supplying arms to the Myanmar military and the stability of Myanmar directly impacted China's national interest and its security.

Source: RFA #Feb18

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/supplying-02182021091648.html

#Myanmar #ChinaMilitary #ChinaSupportMyanmarCoup #MyanmarCoup
CUHK cuts ties with student union

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (#CUHK) said on February 25 that it'll stop providing administrative support to the student union as well as venues for its activities after accusing its new cabinet of failing to clarify what the institution said were potentially unlawful statements and false allegations.

Source: Stand News; #Feb25

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#CUHK cuts ties with student union

The university issued an unprecedently strong statement in the evening, stating that "The Student Union Executive Committee members have made false allegations against the University and exploited the campus for their political propaganda, which ran counter to the mission of CUHK and brought the University into disrepute. "

A spokesman stressed the election platform of #Syzygia, which won the leadership election a day ago on February 24, 2021, does not represent the position of the university, reminding them that their comments on #NationalSecurity may be in violation of the law.

The university said it will also stop collecting student union fees on its behalf and require the student body to register as an independent society to assume its own legal responsibility. Members will also be suspended from their ex-officio positions in all university committees.

#Oppression

Source: Stand News, RTHK; #Feb25
https://bit.ly/3kn9oMY
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#FirstHand #Feb25
Despite Oppression, #CUHK #StudentsUnion vows to speak up for their belief

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) does not shy away from imposing hard-hitting #oppression on the newly elected Students' Union. The University cuts tie with the student body and refuses to provide any administrative support.

The newly elected Students' Union met with the press at around mid-night on Feb 25, 2021 to reiterate their stance.

Read more about the University's statement
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/28769

Utterly disappointed at the University’s harsh measures, one female member of the cabinet broke into tears when presenting the cabinet’s stance. In a trembling yet stern voice, she stated that the Students' Union will carry on what they believe and speak up on contentious issues.

“We know that making a statement now will not bring any material change. We still want to speak up and make known of our stance.”

#University #Censorship #WhiteTerror
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Students in Hong Kong apologize to supporters for being unable to deliver election promise amidst oppression from University

Chinese University (#CUHK) issued a daunting statement in the late evening of February 25, in which the University cut tie with the Student Union accusing the newly elected executive committee members over ‘false allegations’ against the institution. The Statement also challenged the body for breaching the #NationalSecurityLaw and bringing school into ‘disrepute’.

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https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/28769

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Students in Hong Kong apologize to supporters for beinh unable to deliver election promise amidst oppression from University

At around mid-night, the new student union cabinet called for a press briefing to state their stance in response to the University’s tough measures. Members thanked their supporters for their votes and trust, however, they apologized for not being able to carry out duties as they promised in their election manifesto.

In the face of hard-hitting suppressions and obstructions from the University, members vowed to continue their fight in the Student Union as long as they can.

At the end of the press briefing, members of the cabinet raised and bowed to the audience to show their deep apology.

Source: First Hand, #Feb26

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