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A Man Wears World Cup Red Shirt to Mourn Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

Source: Inmedia #Dec05

https://bit.ly/3Frf2cW

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A Man Wears World Cup Red Shirt to Mourn Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

#JiangZemin, former Chinese President, has died aged 96. #HongKongLiaisonOffice set up a condolence area for people to lay flowers from 01 Dec.

Mr Chan, who wore a red shirt, made a special trip to pay his respects after getting off work that evening. He indicated he was not able to get flowers as he was very busy in the last few days.

He described Jiang as having an exceptional personality. "There are not many people in the Communist Party being that outspoken." He also appreciated Jiang's fluent English and his knowledge of Russian. He also admired Jiang that China developed rapidly during his administration, spent the "honeymoon period" with the United States, and successfully joined the WTO.

A journalist asks him whether the red shirt contradicts the mourning atmosphere. Chan explained he would go to the bar with his friends to watch two World Cup matches, "Japan vs Croatia" and "Korea vs Brazil", saying, "supporting Asian teams". He also bought this red sweater with the Qatar World Cup mascot "La'eeb" printed on it from Taobao.

#WorldCup

Source: Inmedia #Dec05

https://bit.ly/3Frf2cW
US Terminates HKETO to Get Rid of China's Propaganda in the US

Source: Commons #Dec16

http://cmmns.co/ejN8w

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US Terminates HKETO to Get Rid of China's Propaganda in the US

With the implementation of #NationalSecueityLaw (#NSL) in 2020, the US has announced that they no longer recognise Hong Kong's autonomy; One-Country-Two-Systems is also dead.

On 15 Dec, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith requested the US to re-assess the privilege and status of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (#HKETO) under the HKETO Certification Acts. They believe HKETO has become Hong Kong's propaganda and urge the US to completely remove them from the country.

Chris Smith described that China's dictator, #XiJinping, suppressed civil and political rights in Hong Kong with NSL, destroying the #BasicLaw and #SinoBritishJointDeclaration. He pointed out that the #USCongress had once published Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in 2020 to decline Hong Kong's autonomy. Therefore, US Law should reflect the fact. At the moment, HKETO is only China's propaganda with no reason for its existence inside the US border.

The HKETO Certificate Act requests the US President to prove whether their Offices can continue having the current privilege within 30 days after it has been passed. If the President opposes their existence, the government must revoke the offices' benefits, and they must cease operation in 6 months. Even if the President agrees on the privilege, Congress can still disapprove.

Executive Director of Hong Kong Democracy Council (#HKDC), Anna Kwok, mentioned the 3 locations of the HKETO offices in the US in Washington, New York and San Francisco on her Facebook Page. HKDC and other HongKonger organisations in the US found out the HKETO promoting "Hong Kong is back" earlier. They present a false picture of peace and prosperity, claiming Hong Kong as a free and democratic place.

#China #US #OneCountryTwoSystems #MarcoRubio #ChrisSmith #AnnaKwok

Source: Commons #Dec16

http://cmmns.co/ejN8w
Most Canadians want Ottawa to set up foreign-influence registry

A strong majority of Canadians favour a registry of foreign agents, similar to ones in Australia and the United States, to shed light on Canadian citizens paid to influence Canada’s political process on behalf of countries such as China or Russia.

A public-opinion survey by Nanos Research found that 88 per cent of Canadians support or somewhat support a foreign-influence registry. Only 7 per cent of those surveyed oppose or somewhat oppose having lawyers, lobbyists and retired politicians register when they take on paid roles for foreign governments and companies linked to these countries.

Source: TheGlobeAndMail #Dec26

#Canada #China #Russia #Ottawa #Foreign #Influence

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-china-russia-canada-foreign-influence-registry/?fbclid=IwAR04zyTPoQmfda0GDZMO8pDLmufZn7vvw22cJR5t0PqSPJf-0wa6gnYi6WQ
Italian Health Secretary: China Teaches the World What Not to Do in a Pandemic

Source: Europe Chinese #Dec30

http://europechinese.blogspot.com/2022/12/blog-post_99.html

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Italian Health Secretary: China Teaches the World What Not to Do in a Pandemic

Italian Health Minister Orazio Schillaci sharply criticised China's anti-pandemic measures in a presentation at the Italian Parliament on Thursday.

He said that China has taught a lesson to the world on what not to do when fighting against the virus. He calls on all countries to never use China-style measures to fight a virus.

Schillaci also indicates that no new variant was found from the import cases from China as of 30/12. However, Italy has to be aware of the risks posed by China's pandemic, but there is no need to panic.

The health minister also commented on the anti-pandemic policy of China, calling it an exercise in self-contradiction. He added that the recent situation in some Chinese mega-cities would be unacceptable in democratic countries.

#Italy #China #OrazioSchillaci #COVID19 #Pandemic #Lockdown #Democracy

Source: Europe Chinese #Dec30

http://europechinese.blogspot.com/2022/12/blog-post_99.html
China is set to open reopen its borders on January 8 after scrapping its draconian zero-COVID strategy as large-scale outbreaks sweep through its population.

WHO criticized the nation of 1.4 billion for under-representing the severity of its outbreak, calling China's data "incomplete".

Many countries have since imposed restrictions on travellers from China, a response the WHO has called "understandable". The list of countries continues to be growing.

source:

Al Jazeera
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/1/2/which-countries-have-placed-covid-curbs-on-travellers-from-china

Time
https://time.com/6243967/covid-travel-restrictions-china/

#ChinaReopening #WuhanPneumonia #COVID19 #TravelRestriction
Twitter Appears "Rioters Crash into the China's Embassy in Manchester" video; Netizens Condemns editor as "beast"

Source: ChannelC #Oct20

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Twitter Appears "Rioters Crash into the China's Embassy in Manchester" video; Netizens Condemns editor as "beast"

Incidents outside China's Embassy in Manchester continues. When the world sees Chinese personnel pulling the protesters into the Embassy and hitting them, China-style "Wolf Warrior Diplomacy" claimed this as "Rioter crashed into the Chinese Embassy, hitting diplomats" on Twitter.

Nevertheless, netizens immediately discovered that the "factual" video, described by the account user, was edited. The video also carelessly trimmed in a clip with Chinese personnel holding offensive weapon.

Source: ChannelC #Oct20

#Twitter #Roiter #Embassy #Manchester

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HK Police Forced Restaurant to Stop Business and Take Down "Sensitive" Wishing Notes

Source: Ming Pao #Nov16

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HK Police Forced Restaurant to Stop Business and Take Down "Sensitive" Wishing Notes

Hong Kong police had forced a noodle shop to suspend business until it removes customers' wishing notes with "sensitive wordings".

The restaurant, Betsutenjin Hakata Ramen in Tsim Sha Tsui, had a wall where customers could write their wishes on stickers resembling prayer plaques at Japanese shrines. Many wishes were related to the 2019 #AntiELAB protests, and the pro-democracy shop owner had left them up in the two years since as a record of the times.

However, police received a tip from a woman who alleged that the shop was displaying slogans that violate the #NationalSecurityLaw, Officers arrived and verbally warned the owner, who agreed to remove the offending messages on their own. Police listed the incident under "miscellaneous" and made no arrests, nor sent the National Security Department for follow-up.

Restaurant staff told Ming Pao that police had visited during the busy dinner hours, and demanded customers to leave the shop immediately. The staff had since removed over a hundred notes and resumed business the next day. The notes had only been used for decoration, they said, and no new notes had been added since the National Security Law came into effect in 2020.

The shop apologized to its customers with a Facebook post for having to take down its wishing wall after persisting for 3 years. The staff had read every single wish left by the customers, the post said; "We will not forget a single word from everyone."

From previous photos on the shop's Facebook page, some customers' wishing notes included "disband the police", "China implode", and "6.12" [ed: commemorating the date when protesters stopped the passing of the ELAB bill]. After the police visit, only a few stickers remain that read, "Hong Kong, add oil."

Source: Ming Pao #Nov16

https://bit.ly/3CMXOoF

Betsutenjin Hakata Ramen Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ramenbetsu/posts/pfbid0GUZuVz89q1BA1LZLBw3aWMgPBQXjtgm4Wmqx2JZuhsuGP8C2vHmJ9nr8siew9U2ql

#NationalSecurityLaw #PoliceState #harassment #suppression #YellowEconomy
"I'll Always Take Pride in Writing Lyrics for My Beloved City" - Wyman Wong Wins Best Lyricist at Annual Music Awards

Source: In-Media HK #Jan01

https://bit.ly/3WAUiFS

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"I'll Always Take Pride in Writing Lyrics for My Beloved City" - Wyman Wong Wins Best Lyricist at Annual Music Awards

Veteran lyricist Wyman Wong took home the Best Lyricist prize at Hong Kong's annual Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation, hosted by Commerical Radio.

Wong, who currently resides overseas, gave his acceptance speech in a pre-recorded video. He recounted his journey to full-time lyricist which began exactly 25 years ago on New Year's Day, 1998, when he left his role at Commercial Radio as a DJ.

He thanked a number of people who he had not had a chance to thank onstage, particularly Thomas Chan and Stephen. "It's not that I'm afraid of not getting another award. But if we learned anything at all these last few years, it's that we must remember the important things before we forget them."

He said that he had been studying how to perfect a love song these last few years, researching what material he could use, and how many ideas he could pack into one. On the other hand, he missed the days when he wrote simpler love songs, wishing that he could "turn off our phones and chat soul to soul" with his loved one.

Looking back, he saw that his last 20 years had only been a preparation; the "truly important mission" in his life had only just begun. "No matter where I'll be, no matter what happens, I'll always take pride in writing lyrics for my beloved city."

Now that he is living overseas, Wong said, he might not be able to come out for drinks and chats with just a phone call; "but as long as Cantonese exists, we can always meet again in the universe created by our songs. I'll see you there."

Source: In-Media HK #Jan01

https://bit.ly/3WAUiFS

#WymanWong #Cantopop #HongKongArtist
Hong Kong Exchange to Delist Jailed Jimmy Lai Media Group on 12th January 2023;  share value of over HK$7 Million vanished

Source: Channel C Hong Kong, #Jan05

https://bit.ly/3WipCbH

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Hong Kong Exchange to Delist Jailed Jimmy Lai Media Group on 12th January 2023;  share value of over HK$7 Million vanished

Next Digital, the media company founded by jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, will be delisted from the Hong Kong stock exchange on January 12, a year and a half after the closure of its flagship newspaper Apple Daily.

On December 23, 2022, the company received a letter from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange notifying that  a review would be carried out to evaluate the company's trading and listing status. The Listing Committee has decided to remove Next Media's listing status citing Listing Rules 6.01A (1) . If Next Media does not appeal this decision, its listing status will be revoked on January 12, 2023.

Next Media responded that it has no intention to appeal this decision.

Before trading suspension, Next Media had a per-share earnings of HK$0.29, with a market value of HK$765 million. According to data disclosed by the Stock Exchange, Next Media's founder Jimmy Lai holds 71.26% of the company's shares. According to RFI, the delisting means that Jimmy Lai and the small shareholders who hold about 30% of the company's shares will together lose HK$765 million."

RFI also reports that according to the Hong Kong Freedom of Speech Annual Report, which was written by anonymous journalists and news scholars and published by the International Journalists' Association, Next Media's rapid downfall is a reflection of a major change in laws affecting media. The report states that the National Security Law has given the Hong Kong government significant power to suppress private property rights, freedom of speech, personal freedom, and the rule of law.

The report also mentions that Next Media, which had one of the top readership and over 500,000 paying online subscribers in Hong Kong, is wiped out within half a year of the law's implementation.

Source: Channel C Hong Kong, #Jan05

https://bit.ly/3WipCbH

#ApplyDaily #JimmyLai #HongKongExchange
UK vows to stand up to "Chinese aggression" and defend Hong Kong's freedoms

Source: Winandmac; #Jan11

https://www.winandmac.com/2023/01/uk-pmq-jimmylai-case/

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UK vows to stand up to "Chinese aggression" and defend Hong Kong's freedoms

In a recent PMQ (Prime Minister's Questions) session, British Prime Minister #RishiSunak was asked to respond to the case of jailed media tycoon #JimmyLai, who is also a British citizen.

Speaking in parliament, Sunak insisted on Britain's right to get involved in its former colony. He pointed out that UK has admitted hundreds of thousands of HongKongers fleeing China's crackdown. He said it will remain robust in standing up to "Chinese aggression".

Sunak also condemned China's oppression and persecution and criticized China for breaking the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

He further stated that he will continue to handle Hong Kong affairs and defend Hong Kong's freedom.

Members of the Conservative Party, including former leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, have met with Jimmy Lai's son Sebastien and called for the UK government to issue a warning to China and consider revoking Hong Kong's special administrative region status if China continues to prosecute citizens.

Source: Winandmac; #Jan11

https://www.winandmac.com/2023/01/uk-pmq-jimmylai-case/

#PressFreedom
The rabbit can't wait to hop in for the year. New year, new hope, Happy Lunar New Year!!!

#NewYear #Rabbit #GoHKgraphics
Postal authorities celebrate Lunar New Year with a variety of rabbit-themed stamps, showcasing their culture and aesthetics

#YearofRabbit #LunarNewYear #GoHKgraphics