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Trump administration unlikely to move on Hong Kong barring dramatic escalation: U.S. official

Trump administration unlikely to move on Hong Kong barring dramatic escalation: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is unlikely to move to revise a 1992 act that gives Hong Kong special trade and business privileges unless there is a dramatic escalation by China in response to street protests there, a senior U.S. official said. “It’s going to depend on what the Chinese do,” the official told Reuters, adding that the

Adviser to Hong Kong leader calls for extradition bill delay

Adviser to Hong Kong leader calls for extradition bill delay

The pressure of Hong Kong public opinion against a proposed extradition law appears to be causing cracks in the unity of pro-Beijing leaders after two senior figures called for the legislation to be delayed or dropped. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, has staked her authority on pushing through the legislation, vowing not to back down during a week

Beijing Accuses West of Supporting Instigators of Hong Kong Protests

Beijing Accuses West of Supporting Instigators of Hong Kong Protests

"You have probably noticed that some Western countries have repeatedly made irresponsible statements about amendments to the extradition law, which are being discussed in Hong Kong. These Western politicians openly support elements that are creating unrest in Hong Kong," the spokesperson said at a briefing. According to the official, consulates general

Hong Kong: Leader Lam under pressure as weekend protests loom

Hong Kong: Leader Lam under pressure as weekend protests loom

A key adviser to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has cast doubt over her plan to push ahead with a controversial extradition bill amid mass protests against it, warning passing the legislation would prove impossible at a time of "such intense divisions". Speaking to Hong Kong cable television on Friday, Executive Council member Bernard Chan said he did

Deep divisions over what Hong Kong bill will do to rights

Deep divisions over what Hong Kong bill will do to rights

Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong's controversial extradition bill continues to divide people in the territory with protesters concerned it will weaken rights, and legislators vowing to push ahead despite popular discontent. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she wants the legislation passed before the end of the month, despite marches that brought hundreds

Hong Kong activists warn of violence if protests are ignored

Hong Kong activists warn of violence if protests are ignored

B rian Chan, a 23-year-old university graduate, was having his arms rinsed in saline water at a makeshift first-aid station manned by volunteers. Both his arms were red from an allergic reaction after he was pepper-sprayed by police at the mass rally against a controversial extradition law under a sweltering sun on Wednesday. Asked what he would do

Exclusive: Hong Kong police "trapped in the middle" by polarizing extradition bill

Exclusive: Hong Kong police "trapped in the middle" by polarizing extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Several senior Hong Kong police officials feel caught between a rock and a hard place as city leader Carrie Lam tries to ram through contentious extradition laws that have triggered violent clashes between police and protesters. Police fired tear gas, bean bag rounds and rubber bullets at young protesters who gathered this week

Support wavers in Hong Kong for bill allowing extraditions to China after protests

Support wavers in Hong Kong for bill allowing extraditions to China after protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cracks appeared to emerge on Friday in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law that would allow extraditions to China as opponents of the bill vowed further demonstrations after hundreds of thousands took to the streets this week. The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals

China calls on U.S. not to pass Hong Kong-related legislation

China calls on U.S. not to pass Hong Kong-related legislation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on the United States on Friday not to pass legislation in response to a crisis in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition law. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news briefing that any plots to bring chaos to Hong Kong would not succeed, after U.S. lawmakers on Thursday proposed legislation that would require