Former HK bishop prays for future under security crackdown | AFP

Hong Kong has been a haven for faiths both before and after its 1997 handover to China, but the recent imposition of a sweeping security law on the finance hub has heightened Cardinal Joseph Zen’s fears that religious freedom could disappear under Beijing’s tightening grip.

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Former HK bishop prays for future under security crackdown | AFP

Hong Kong has been a haven for faiths both before and after its 1997 handover to China, but the recent imposition of a sweeping security law on the finance hub has heightened Cardinal Joseph Zen’s fears that religious freedom could disappear under Beijing’s tightening grip.

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TIMELAPSE: Travellers at train stations for Golden Week holidays in China | AFP

Millions in China head to train stations in Beijing and Shanghai to enjoy their first major national holiday since the country beat its coronavirus outbreak. The Golden Week holiday marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and sees an astonishing annual movement of people trying to get home or take holidays.

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Joshua Wong: “No reason for us to give up” on Hong Kong democracy | AFP

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong says Hong Kongers should continue their fight against Beijing’s rule, “even if Hong Kong isn’t Hong Kong anymore” following the passing of a national security law by Beijing earlier this year. Amid a heavy police presence, Wong speaks at a rally on China’s National Day, marking the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

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HK police order crowd to disperse at popular shopping district | AFP

Riot police order crowds to disperse at Hong Kong’s popular shopping district at Causeway Bay. October 1 marks China’s National Day. In Hong Kong, it has become a day of grievance for those worried about authoritarian Beijing’s intensifying crackdown against its opponents.

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Merkel accuses China of ‘cruel treatment’ of minorities | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accuses China of “poor and cruel treatment” of minorities and underlines deep concerns over the crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong. In a speech at the Bundestag a day before an EU summit, Merkel vows to bring up rights issues and Germany’s worries over the situation in the former British colony in any future dialogue with Beijing.

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The spark behind the electric car | AFP Animé

Videographic showing how electric cars work. Electric vehicles were a prominent feature of the China show as Beijing pushed the sector and targets a 25 percent adoption of energy-saving vehicles by 2025.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Crowds pack out China auto show after virus delay | AFP

Crowds packed into a mega car show in Beijing after a five-month delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as automakers hunt customers with their latest offerings in the world’s biggest car market despite the virus battering demand.

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China denies running hundreds of detention centres in Xinjiang | AFP

China denies the existence of detention camps after an Australian institute reports that China is running hundreds of detention centers in Xinjiang. It also says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks of warning US politicians to be alert to Chinese diplomats who could woo them as part of Beijing’s propaganda and espionage campaign are “pure lies.”

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China says US ‘should be held accountable for losing so many lives’ to COVID-19 | AFP

China says the US “should be held accountable for losing so many lives” to the Covid-19 pandemic, in a sharp rebuttal after President Donald Trump delivered a harsh attack on Beijing in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Chinese envoy accuses Trump of ‘spreading political virus’ at UN | AFP

China accuses Donald Trump of spreading a “political virus” at the United Nations after the US leader delivered a harsh attack on Beijing over the Covid-19 pandemic. “When the international community is really fighting hard against the Covid-19, the United States is spreading political virus here in the General Assembly,” China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, tells reporters at the Chinese Consulate General in New York. SOUNDBITE

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Chinese foreign minister visit prompts Mongolian protests | AFP

Mongolians gather in Ulaanbaatar to speak out against Beijing’s controversial language policy in its ethnic minority regions.

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EU asks China to let independent observers visit Xinjiang: Michel | AFP

The EU asks China to grant independent observers access to its Xinjiang region, where Beijing is accused of orchestrating widespread rights abuses against the region’s Muslim Uighur population. SOUNDBITE of Charles Michel

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Joshua Wong recounts harassment under Beijing’s surveillance | AFP

“My personal safety is not guaranteed anymore”, says Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong. The 23-year-old is the city’s most high-profile political dissident, but since Beijing imposed a new security law on Hong Kong in July, Wong has been left wondering how long it will be before the police’s new national security unit comes for him.

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‘I am Taiwanese’: Czech speaker channels JFK in Taiwan speech | AFP

Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil says “I am Taiwanese” in Mandarin as he delivers a landmark speech to Taiwan’s parliament, invoking a famous Cold War-era phrase by late US president John F Kennedy during a visit that has incensed Beijing.

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Taiwan on ‘front lines of freedom’ after HK crackdown: president | AFP

“Taiwan stands increasingly on the front lines of freedom and democracy,” says Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, as Beijing clamps down on Hong Kong and ramps up military activities in the region. In a video speech to an Australian think tank, Tsai called for like-minded countries to protect Taiwan, pitching the self-ruled democracy as a dependable ally to western governments.

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Carrie Lam cries foul at being ‘mistreated’ over US sanctions targeting her and 10 officials | AFP

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam hits back at US sanctions targeting her and 10 other city officials in response to a sweeping new security law in the financial hub. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been personally targeted, along with 10 other senior city officials, in the toughest US action on Hong Kong since Beijing imposed the new law on the territory in late June. The move by Washington freezes the American assets of the 11 officials and criminalises any financial transactions in the US.

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Hong Kong tycoon and activist Jimmy Lai arrested

Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the publisher’s headquarters Monday in the highest-profile use yet of a new national security law Beijing imposed on the city in June. (Aug. 10)

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Police presence outside HK pro-democracy newspaper as it gets raided | AFP

Dozens of Hong Kong police officers surround the headquarters of a media group critical of Beijing hours after its pro-democracy media mogul owner Jimmy Lai was arrested under a new national security law.

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Trump official lands in Taiwan for highest-level US visit since 1979 | AFP

A senior member of US President Donald Trump’s administration landed in Taiwan on Sunday, the highest-level US visit to the island since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.

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China accuses US of ‘political suppression’ over TikTok, WeChat ban | AFP

Beijing accuses the United States of “suppression” after President Donald Trump ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese social media giants TikTok and WeChat. It also says Canada should correct its mistakes and bring bilateral relations back on track by releasing Meng Wanzhou when asked about concerns over China-Canada relations after a Canadian citizen was sentenced to death in a Chinese court over drug charges.

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Art exhibition showcases China’s fight against COVID-19 | AFP

An art exhibition showcasing China’s fight against COVID-19 is being held at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Nearly 200 pieces of paintings, calligraphy and sculptures featuring frontline medical workers, doctors, and citizens are being displayed.

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