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ADB: China Can Probably Stand On Its Own

In a sign of China's rising strength, the Asian Development Bank announced it may stop lending to the world's second largest economy.

The Asian Development Bank, the Manila-headquartered multilateral lender, may end loans to China in a move being characterized as more about the maturity of China’s economy—now the world’s second-largest—than political posturing. In a recent interview, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa said a reassessment of whether China still meets the development criteria for further loans could start as early as next year.

Some analysts say the move has a political dimension and is symbolic of the estrangement between China and the West as well as a tectonic shift in geopolitical alliances. In 2016 China created its own infrastructure bank—the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank—but the US and Japan notably declined to join. At just under 7%, Russia is the third-largest contributor to the AIIB’s coffers, after China and India, according to the AIIB’s website.

Although the AIIB’s role in has been described as complementary to ADB’s, the fact that it is offering financial assistance to other countries calls into question China’s need for further aid. When development loans are monopolized by economic superpowers, it promotes economic imbalances that hold countries back, says David Baxter, a sustainable development consultant.

“It is important that aid loans go to countries that really need it,” he says. “China does not.”

source: Global Finance #Sep15

https://www.gfmag.com/magazine/september-2022/china-asia-development-bank-loans-end

#Sept1 #ChinaEconomy #BeltAndRoad
Student Councils of 8 universities in Hong Kong: reassembly, moving out and negotiating with the school — what is left under restricting circumstances

Source: Inmedia #Sep03

https://bit.ly/3RykEWk

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Student Councils of 8 universities in Hong Kong: reassembly, moving out and negotiating with the school — what is left under restricting circumstances

Among the 8 universities in Hong Kong, 4 have already publicly refused to recognise their respective student councils, 6 have reclaimed spaces in which the councils used to station, and the remaining students councils of 2 universities, although are still given chances to stay within the campus, are required to collect membership fee on their own, leaving them vulnerable to financial crisis.

Before the school year commences, inmediahk interviewed the current- and ex-members of student councils from all these 8 universities, to review the past year, how their relationships with the school have shifted, and to talk about the situation they are in at the moment.

As tough as the reality can be, it is not sufficient to break these members’ spirits. Some said they wanted to reassembly the student council, that they would ‘survive despite the darkness around us’; some said they would strive their best to ‘hang onto the “students-autonomy” principle’, to ‘fight for better policies’, to ‘shed their last bit of tears’; some said they didn’t mind being called the ‘welfare society’, as long as they could secure the council itself, that they just wanted the council to ‘still be there when they graduate, or even a few years after’.

Source: Inmedia #Sep03

https://bit.ly/3RykEWk

#Student #Councils #University #HongKong
5 Hong Kong speech therapists found guilty of sedition over children’s books

Source: HKFP #Sept7

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5 Hong Kong speech therapists found guilty of sedition over children’s books

[Editors note: The five speech therapists were sentenced to one year and seven months in jail.]

//Five Hong Kong speech therapists have been found guilty of breaching the colonial-era sedition law by printing a series of children’s books about sheep and wolves. The publications were said to have spread separatism and incited hatred against the authorities...

District Judge Kwok Wai-kin on Wednesday convicted Lorie Lai, Melody Yeung, Sidney Ng, Samuel Chan and Fong Tsz-ho of conspiring to print, publish, distribute and display three books with seditious intent between June 2020 and July 2021.

The five executive committee members of the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists, all of whom had denied the charge, could face up to two years behind bars. They will return to court on September 10 for mitigation and sentencing...

Gwen Lee, Amnesty International’s China campaigner, said in a statement on Wednesday evening that the conviction was an “absurd example of the disintegration of human rights in the city.”

“Writing books for children is not a crime, and attempting to educate children about recent events in Hong Kong’s history does not constitute an attempt to incite rebellion,” Lee said in the statement...

“The Hong Kong authorities’ recent revival of colonial-era sedition charges to prosecute activists, journalists and writers is a brazen act of repression. No one had been charged with sedition since 1967 until the Hong Kong government began weaponizing these provisions to intensify its crackdown on freedom of expression.”//

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https://hongkongfp.com/2022/09/07/breaking-5-hong-kong-speech-therapists-found-guilty-of-sedition-over-childrens-books/

Source: HKFP #Sept7
China opens unofficial police stations in Britain to hunt down people for their return

China has opened unofficial police stations in London as part of a growing network of Communist Party-linked offices accused of hunting down and blackmailing Chinese citizens to force them to return home.

Chinese authorities have established 54 “overseas police service centres” around the world in the last few years, according to a new report, as Beijing seeks to expand Chinese powers abroad.

Source: The Telegraph #Sep14

#China #Overseas #Police

https://t.co/wW45Kkkeo6
Book lovers send books to inmates, hoping to cheer them on

By Translated by BeWater HK on May 16, 2022 • 18 May 2022

While Lunar New Year is a time to pass on good wishes to each other, a group of volunteers do not mind the unlucky pronunciation of books (which has the same pronunciation of “to lose” or “’fail” in Cantonese) and assist families of inmates to prepare booklists. This group view themselves as someone who knows books. Knowing the inmates’ families are already busy with acquiring day-to-day supplies for the inmates, the volunteers share the burden to organize the books for them. They hope this can encourage the inmates to keep learning for the future. “The knowledge will empower them to face the future.”

Court case number: WKCC813/2021

 Source: Ming Pao #Feb07

#Book #Lover

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https://telegra.ph/Book-lovers-send-books-to-inmates-hoping-to-cheer-them-on-05-18
Twitter whistleblower reveals employees concerned China agent could collect user data

The FBI informed Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) of at least one Chinese agent working at the company, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday where a whistleblower testified, raising new concerns about foreign meddling at the influential social media platform.

Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, a famed hacker who served as Twitter's head of security until his firing in January, said some Twitter employees were concerned the Chinese government would be able to collect data on the company's users.

Source: Reuters #Sep13

#Twitter #China #Data #FBI

https://www.reuters.com/legal/twitter-whistleblower-detail-dire-security-threats-ahead-musk-deal-vote-2022-09-13/
Hong Kong Man Arrested for Sedition Outside British Consulate after Playing Songs while Mourning the Queen

source: Hong Kong Economic Times #Sep20

https://topick.hket.com/article/3357355/【英女王逝世】43歲男昨悼念疑奏英國國歌及榮光等歌曲%E3%80%80涉作出具煽動意圖行為被捕

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Hong Kong Man Arrested for Sedition Outside British Consulate after Playing Songs while Mourning the Queen

Large crowds of Hongkongers gathered outside the British Consulate in Central on Monday evening, as the Queen's state funeral took place in London at the same time. Many lit candles in remembrance of the late queen.

One man brought his harmonica and allegedly performed various songs, including #GodSaveTheQueen and #GloryToHongKong. This reportedly caused a commotion in the gathered crowd, and the police arrested him after around half an hour.

Police announced today (20th) that the man was suspected to have taken actions with seditious intent, and is currently under arrest for investigation.

source: Hong Kong Economic Times #Sep20

https://topick.hket.com/article/3357355/【英女王逝世】43歲男昨悼念疑奏英國國歌及榮光等歌曲%E3%80%80涉作出具煽動意圖行為被捕

editor's note: The sedition law, under which the man was charged, dated back to Hong Kong's colonial days. Britain has repealed the offence of seditious libel in 2009. In July 2022, the UN Human Rights Committee had urged Hong Kong to abolish its sedition law as well as the National Security Law as they violated the freedom of expression in the city.

see also: Explainer: Hong Kong’s sedition law – a colonial relic revived after half a century (Hong Kong Free Press)
https://hongkongfp.com/2022/07/30/explainer-hong-kongs-sedition-law-a-colonial-relic-revived-after-half-a-century/

#Sedition #FreedomOfExpression #FreedomOfSpeech
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Hongkongers Gathering for Queen's Funeral Sing "Glory to Hong Kong"; Police Arrests Harmonica Player

Source: RazvenHK twitter #Sep20

https://twitter.com/RazvenHK/status/1571840362481852416

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Hongkongers Gathering for Queen's Funeral Sing "Glory to Hong Kong"; Police Arrests Harmonica Player

On Monday evening in Hong Kong, as the Queen's funeral was about to take place in London, many Hongkongers gathered outside the British consulate to mourn the late Queen and watch the procession on live stream. Many brought flowers and candles to add to the growing assemblage of tributes outside the consulate, which by now had taken up a large portion of the sidewalk.

A man was seen playing his harmonica on the opposite side of the street in the evening; the crowd sang along enthusiastically to familiar tunes including #GloryToHongKong, the unofficial protest anthem of 2019. The song had been rarely heard since the #NationalSecurityLaw came into effect and it was banned in schools, although the government had avoided explicitly calling it illegal.

After the man had finished playing, the crowd continue to sing as they waved cell phone lights. They finished with chants of "God save the Queen" and "Hongkongers add oil", recalling the city's glory days under the Queen's rule, when residents enjoyed prosperity as well as the freedom to speak their minds without fear of repercussions from the authorities.

Police later arrived and detained the harmonica player behind cordon lines, drawing the ire of the gathered crowd. Consulate staff also came out to intervene with the police, but the harmonica player was eventually arrested and taken away on a police van.

Source: RazvenHK twitter #Sep20

https://twitter.com/RazvenHK/status/1571840362481852416

#GodSaveTheQueen #RIP #QueenElizabethII
Authors of "Sheep Village" Illustrated Books Handed 19-Month Sentence; Judge Questions Lack of Mention that "Sheep Village is Part of Wolf Village"

Source: The Witness #Sep10

https://bit.ly/3BtQL3Z

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Authors of "Sheep Village" Illustrated Books Handed 19-Month Sentence; Judge Questions Lack of Mention that "Sheep Village is Part of Wolf Village"

Five former committee members of the de-registered General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists, accused of publishing three illustrated books of the "Sheep Village" series, were found guilty of conspiring to print, publish, distribute and display with seditious intent. After being detained for more than a year, they were sentenced in the District Court to 19 months imprisonment on Saturday Sept 10, the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

It was the first case in which the defendant pleaded not guilty to seditious publication charges. Designated #NationalSecurityLaw judge Kwok Wai-kin set 21 months as the starting point of the sentence for each defendant, with a discretionary deduction of two months, resulting in a sentence of 19 months imprisonment.

The judge said that the audience of the illustrated books is children aged four and above, who are like "plain paper". He criticises the defendants' books for using sheep and wolves as an analogy for Hong Kong and China, respectively. He claimed that the books accused China of doing something illegal and improper, and "sowed the seeds of instability" for the Central government and Hong Kong by indicating that China had no sovereignty over Hong Kong and that Hong Kong was not part of China. He also accused the defendants of "brainwashing" younger readers, poisoning their minds, and mobilising parents to participate.

Before sentencing, the judge asked the defendant several questions: "When will you leave the prison of your mind?" "Did you put the truth in the illustrated books? Why didn't the books tell readers that the shepherds left because they had no right to continue to govern the place?" "Why not mention that the sheep village is part of the wolf village?" "Why is freedom of speech used to deny China's indisputable sovereignty over Hong Kong?"

The judge quoted the defense's plea that the defendants are "elite" and "smart people", and that they could understand what he meant.

As the five defendants entered the detention room, they waved to the bystanders. Someone in the gallery shouted, "Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!"

They will still serve their sentences for about one more month, and are expected to be free by next month.

Source: The Witness #Sep10

https://bit.ly/3BtQL3Z

#SpeechTherapists #SheepVillage #sedition #NSL #KwokWaiKin
Head of Hong Kong journalist group Ronson Chan charged with obstructing police officers during reporting

source: Hong Kong Free Press #Sep19
photo: #firsthand

full article: https://hongkongfp.com/2022/09/19/head-of-hong-kong-journalist-group-ronson-chan-charged-with-obstructing-police-officers-during-reporting/

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Head of Hong Kong journalist group Ronson Chan charged with obstructing police officers during reporting

Ronson Chan, the chairperson of the city’s largest journalist group the Hong Kong Journalists Association (#HKJA), has been officially charged with obstructing police officers while reporting.

Speaking to reporters outside Mong Kok Police Station on Monday, the former Stand News reporter said that he had received a call from the force earlier in the day notifying him that he would be officially charged.

Chan said the charge would bring certain “disturbances and difficulties” for his planned departure to the UK on Wednesday to pursue a six-month fellowship programme at the Reuters Institute at Oxford University.

“Fortunately, the Oxford side says they will support me and they will see what will happen,” Chan said, adding that he will respect whatever decision the magistrate makes.

“If… I lost this chance, I will not [have] regret.” Chan added.

HKFP has reached out to the Reuters Institute for comment.

When HKFP asked what he thought the incident said about the status of press freedom in Hong Kong, Chan said “even in Beijing’s streets, you will never experience any charges for asking a policeman which unit he comes from or him to show his warrant card etc.”

“You can imagine how the environment Hong Kong reporters and journalists facing is – it’s not a very easy environment.” Chan added.

source: Hong Kong Free Press #Sep19
photo: #firsthand

full article: https://hongkongfp.com/2022/09/19/head-of-hong-kong-journalist-group-ronson-chan-charged-with-obstructing-police-officers-during-reporting/

#RonsonChan #PressFreedom
A year being in the US before returning, Bao Choy: Do my best to HK with my strength

Source: Inmedia #Aug29

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A year being in the US before returning, Bao Choy: Do my best to HK with my strength

Bao Choy, the director of TV programme Hong Kong Connection at RTHK, was told that she made false statement on Vehicle Registration in one of the episodes. She was convicted at a magistrate's court last year and was charged HKD6000.

Bao Choy applied for an appeal to the High Court. She indicated after the trial that searching for Vehicle Registration involves public right to know; but followed by her accusation, many news agencies no longer allow their journalist to search in the registration list. She hoped to do her best for the freedom of the press.

Choy received a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University last year and had studied for a year from last August. It is to investigate the independence, the future development and the survival of news agency.

She recently returned to Hong Kong. She answered, "Hong Kong is my home, where I love. I hope to do something for Hong Kong with my reachable power" when she was asked for the reason of returning.

She will wait for the judge to decide her case with peace in mind while she is not suitable to comment. "To do what I can do." The appeal not only is for her individual case but also involves public right to know, to let the court decide whether the registration aligns with Hong Kong legal spirit.

She believes the original judge has an extremely narrow interpretation to the law. The registration record has been very useful and valuable to the public interest for the past decades, including high officials getting vehicles before taking over the seat.

From her knowledge, the majority of the news agencies has stopped their journalists from searching the registration, having a negative impact to the industries. She hopes she can do something for the freedom of press with the case.

Source: Inmedia #Aug29

https://bit.ly/3ByG4vO

#BaoChoy #ChoyYukLing #RTHK #HongKongConnection #FreedomofPress #PublicRighttoKnow #July21WhohastheTruth
"Will of the People": Hong Kong Woman Describes Large Turnout of Mourners at British Consulate, but NowTV Quickly Deletes Interview

source: ReNews #Sep12

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"Will of the People": Hong Kong Woman Describes Large Turnout of Mourners at British Consulate, but NowTV Quickly Deletes Interview

The British Consulate in Hong Kong had seen long queues of Hongkongers coming to pay tribute and sign the book of condolence for the late Queen Elizabeth II. On Sept 12, #NowTV News interviewed citizens waiting in the line; one of them, Ms. Chung, said, "I'm here to remember this great leader. Look how many people came; this is the will of the people."

The news clip was aired on the station's TV channel as well as its Facebook page. The post quickly received hundreds of likes.

Merely half an hour later, however, the post was taken down, and the station had also cut Ms. Chung's interview from the TV news segment.

The edit was reportedly ordered by NowTV News director Chan Tit-biu, who had the day off. Chan was a former news director at the pro-Beijing TVB News.

However, screenshots and video clips of the interview spread quickly, and the phrase "will of the people" (民心所向) soon became viral on social media. Netizens sarcastically commended Chan for making Ms. Chung's words of praise for the late Queen even more widely heard. "Receive our gift, Your Majesty!" one comment reads.

source: ReNews #Sep12

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=129455019839797&set=a.128212953297337

#PressFreedom #Censorship #WillOfThePeople #RIP #QueenElizabethII