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Europe has handed China a strategic victory

Source: FT #Jan04

Europe has handed China a strategic victory

The EU-China deal was pushed hard by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and concluded right at the end of her country’s presidency of the EU. EU has signalled that it doesn’t care about all that over the past year include t crushe the freedom of Hong Kong, intensify oppression in Xinjiang and kill Indian troops

The EU says that this deal will “discipline the behaviour” of China’s state-owned enterprises, which will now be required “to act in accordance with commercial considerations”.

It is naive to believe that China will respect the agreement it has signed

Over the past year, China has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to ignore treaty commitments. Its new national security law violates an agreement with Britain that guaranteed the autonomy of Hong Kong. China has also imposed tariffs on Australian goods in violation of the China-Australia free trade agreement.

Source: FT #Jan04


#EUChinaDeal #EU #China
Letter: EU should heed lessons of Hong Kong in China deal

The EU thinks that the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) can bind China into better labour practices and fairer trade practices. This is an utter delusion.

In 2020, China demonstrated how they renege on its treaty-bound obligations to keep Hong Kong free for fifty years. It is disappointing to learn that the city-state’s death-knell does not teach the world anything about China.

Source: FT #Jan05


#SinoBritishJointDeclaration #HongKong #EU #China
Hong Kong arrests 53 for plot to 'overthrow' govt in latest crackdown on dissent

Mass arrest of 53 democracy activists on January 6 was the biggest crackdown since the National Security Law imposed by Beijing in June 2020.

“The Chinese Communist Party has further turned the screw in Hong Kong,” said Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong. “Liberal democracies around the world must continue to speak out against the brutal destruction of a free society.”

“The mass arrest of politicians and activists in Hong Kong is a grievous attack on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms as protected under the Joint Declaration,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, adding that China had deliberately misled the world about its security law.

Source: Reuters #Jan06


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Media is too big
#FirstHand #Feb24 #GoHKVideo
The Desperation of Small Business Owner in Lockdown Area: The Government Never Helps

Mr. Lo who runs a restaurant at Shanghai Street is a resident in the lockdown area.

He told the media his desperation and frustration during the Hong Kong government's compulsory lockdown of the Jordan district which was announced at the last-minute at 4am on Jan 23, 2021.

Mr Lo said the food in his restaurant had all gone wasted. With the sudden announcement of the lockdown, he had no time to carry out contigency plan for his restaurant. Not only did his business come to a stop during the lockdown, but he also could not know when he can restart his business after the disruption.

Mr Lo said he is not the only one. He was disappointed that the government never aids small business in practical ways.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam claimed on Jan 23 that the operation caused no obstruction to civilians.

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#FirstHand #Feb24
"The Government Does Not Even Know There Are Cats in the Market": District Councillors Speak Up For Civilians in Lockdown Area

Directly elected district councillors working for the lockdown district talked to the press on the afternoon of Jan 24, 2021, responding to the authorities' intention to step up the lockdown measures in other areas, after the last-minute announcement of a compulsory lockdown at 4am on Jan 23, 2021.

The district councillors demanded the Hong Kong government to consider the obstruction and the loss caused to the affected residents and business operators, despite the authorities' denial.

The district councillors shared their concerns and the difficulties faced by the residents, workers and business owners in the restricted area.

For instance, in addition to many residents' complaints about the quality and the quantity of food provided by the government, some residents living at No. 40 Reclamation Street did not receive any food supply at all. To make it worse. the government's Home Affairs Department did not provide adequate support.

In another incident, a street stall operator asked the district council for help, as her two cats were locked up in the stall located in the restricted area. In the end, the firemen broke the padlock and released her two cats. Otherwise, her two cats, aged 10 and 25, could have starved to death after the two-day lockdown.

These incidents revealed the government's failure to understand the need of the civilians and the everyday operation of the community on the district level.

On behalf of the affected community, the district councillors demand the government to apologize and make corresponding compensation.

HK Government Finds Only 13 Cases After Testing 7,000 Civilians in Lockdown Area


Civilians in Lockdown Area to Brace Themselves for the Next 48 Hours

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#FailedState #JordanLockdown
Residents desperate for decent food after lockdown

Source: RTHK #Jan24
Photo: #FirstHand

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Residents desperate for decent food after lockdown

//A resident surnamed Cheng said he had been eating instant noodles for two days. He said he was going to leave immediately and have dinner at his mother's home. Another resident said she had also been living off instant noodles as she didn't have a stove. She said she would go and buy some warm food.

Meanwhile a man, surnamed Tsang, said he was relieved that he could finally get out of his home.

“I was so bored as I live alone. I had run out of everything. I need to buy a pack of cigarettes,” he said.

One man, a Muslim, said the government had failed to provide Halal food. Luncheon meat, containing pork which is forbidden to Muslims, had been included in government food packages, though other items, such as pasta and tinned tuna, were also provided.

“We don't have anything to eat because we are Muslims and we eat Halal food,” he said.//

Source: RTHK #Jan24
Photo: #FirstHand


Civilians in Lockdown Area to Brace Themselves for the Next 48 Hours
Vocal journalist in HK faces dismissal by government-funded broadcaster before probe result

Source: Apple Daily, #Jan22

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Vocal journalist in HK faces dismissal by government-funded broadcaster before probe result

#NabelaQoser, a journalist of #RTHK, who confronted Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam over her handling of the 2019 protests for multiple times, is facing dismissal after the public broadcaster ended her three-year-odd probation for a civil service post and offered her a contract for just 120 days.

Qoser’s probation was extended by 120 days in late September 2020, shortly before she was due to complete the three-year probation under civil servant employment terms in October.

The broadcaster launched a probe into her work, citing complaints received against her since July 2020. The results of the probe, originally due in January 2021, would determine if Qoser was to gain a coveted contract as a permanent civil servant.

Source: Apple Daily, #Jan22

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