Introduced on June 30, the new security law grants China increased powers to police the territory, which has maintained a strong degree of autonomy since it was returned to Chines rule in 1997. Critics of the bill say it will suppress freedoms of Hong Kong residents. Responses have included UK PM Boris Johnson introducing a bespoke British visa for Hong Kong citizens. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Arrested Under Controversial Security Law
London has also clashed with Beijing over the imposition of a new security law in Hong Kong but Johnson has said he is a Sinophile, and the British government would welcome another large tech investment in Britain particularly as the coronavirus crisis sends the economy into a deep recession and possible trade disruptions loom over Brexit. … [Read more...] about China’s ByteDance to consider international HQ for TikTok, outside U.S.
The U.S. has led foreign governments in expressing concern over the law, saying Hong Kong could no longer be considered sufficiently autonomous from the mainland. It has begun revoking its so-called special trading privileges, which help underpin its reputation as an international business hub, and sanctioned Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as well as other officials last week. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law: Report
But the business community was more alarmed. "All of them have had to pay something to get the protection of the people that control them in mainland China," says Lai. More than that, they understood the law could be used by Chinese contacts as a tool for blackmail; if a Chinese partner wanted to control their Hong Kong counterpart they could potentially report them to the authorities across the border, where there is a 99% conviction rate. … [Read more...] about Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China
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