Back to Hanfu-ture: Chinese revive fashion from another time | AFP

Dressed in a flowing long robe adorned with beaded floral embroidery from a bygone era, stylist Xiao Hang looks like a time traveller as she strides across the bustling Beijing metro, attracting curious glances and inquisitive questions.

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Why Hong Kong Is Rising Up (HBO)

For the second time in four days, Hong Kong was brought to a standstill by mass protests over a controversial extradition bill that threatens to chip away at the city’s diminishing semi-independence from China.

The demonstrations earned protesters a brief victory: the delay of a second reading of the bill. But tensions soon boiled over, when police fired rubber bullets and teargas to clear protesters from the streets, injuring dozens and further stoking outrage between the city’s pro-Beijing government and its residents.

Wednesday night’s events follow one of the biggest public protests in Hong Kong’s history, when more than one million people, about one-seventh of the population, swarmed the city’s streets on Sunday.

Read: Hong Kong protesters tell us why this might be their “last chance” to defy Beijing

At the center of the public’s fury is a proposed law that would allow China to extradite people from Hong Kong to the mainland. The bill has come to symbolize growing fear that the region, long-viewed as a separate entity from mainland China, is losing its autonomy under Beijing’s encroaching authoritarianism. They have reason to be concerned.

When the UK handed the island back to China in 1997, Hong Kong was promised freedoms of speech, press and assembly under its Basic Law — which effectively serves as the islands constitution and differentiates it from the mainland. But in recent years, Beijing has begun to impose its will on Hong Kong, slowly eroding those freedoms in a bid to bring the region more firmly under its control.

“I reminisce about the period of British rule. I was born and brought up in Hong Kong” Wong Fung Yiu, a 63 year old retiree at Sunday’s march told VICE News. “Human rights were better back in that time, compared to what we have nowadays. I have no trust in Mainland China.”

Despite the delays, Carrie Lam, the island’s pro-Beijing Chief Executive, has vowed to push the bill through the government saying further delays would only cause more “anxiety and divisiveness in society.”

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Fast Forward: Protesters and tear gas in Hong Kong | AFP

As Hong Kong is convulsed by fresh anti-government protests, many of those who have taken to the streets say they feel this is their last chance to protect the city’s freedoms after years of slow strangulation by Beijing. SPED UP IMAGES of protesters and tear gas

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Today in History for June 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Chinese troops crush a pro-democracy movement in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square; World War II’s Battle of Midway begins; Henry Ford tests his quadricycle; Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ (June 4)

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Heavy security for flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square | AFP

A heavy police presence and slow security checks prevented dozens of Chinese people from entering to watch the daily flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown in Beijing where Chinese troops fired on peaceful protesters, drawing global condemnation. IMAGES

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Museum in Hong Kong showcases dark Tiananmen memories

It was June 4, 1989 when Chinese tanks and soldiers crushed student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing. Hundreds were killed and by some estimates more than 1,000. As the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown approaches, a museum has reopened its doors in Hong Kong, aiming to remind people of the bloody incident.

Taiwan fighters land on highway for Chinese ‘invasion’ wargames

Taiwan displays how its fighter jets can land, refuel and rearm on the island’s highways as part of its largest annual exercise to simulate defence against a Chinese invasion. The self-ruled island has long lived under the threat of invasion by Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to take it back by force if necessary.