With the opening of a “security office” in Hong Kong, the Chinese leadership has taken another step toward abolishing the “one country, two systems” principle. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam spoke at an official unveiling of a memorial plaque next to the “Security Office” mansion.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, in a routine press conference, that Americans who “behave badly” on Tibet-related issues would be restricted from visiting the far west, predominantly Buddhist region. This was seen as another tit-for-tat on visa restrictions between Washington and Beijing.
Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, which jeopardizes humanitarian aid for civilians in northwestern Syria. The draft resolution was prepared by Germany and Belgium, with the 13 other members of the Council giving their approval.
The Chinese government has opened a “National Security Safeguard Office” in Hong Kong, as enshrined in the newly adopted controversial national security law. The move comes barely a week after the enforcement of the new legislation, imposed on the city of Hong Kong by Beijing.
After the entry into force of the controversial National Security Act, the leading US technology company, Microsoft, and the recently popular video software, Zoom, joined the ranks of other technology companies in refusing to cooperate with Hong Kong. Specifically, they would temporarily not comply with the government’s requests for personal data.
Chinese authorities on Monday arrested a 57-year-old law professor who published essays and critical texts on President Xi Jinping. The Tsinghua University law professor, Xu Zhangrun, was critical of Xi’s “awkward” management of the coronavirus pandemic and his authoritarian efforts to consolidate power.
China today accused the United Kingdom of “gross interference in Chinese internal affairs,” following Britain’s recent decision to facilitate access to citizenship for Hong Kong residents, in reaction to its great opposition to Beijing’s new security law. The accusation was made by the Chinese ambassador in London, Liu Xiaoming.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in India has increased dramatically, giving it the third-highest number of cases in the world. India overtook Russia on Monday, with more than 720,000 cases, behind only the United States and Brazil. Meanwhile, the United States has recorded more than 13,000 infections in just 24 hours.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong implored the world today to stand in solidarity with Hong Kong after Beijing imposed its national security law that threatens freedoms in the territory. “We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters.
Official news sources reported on Friday that Zheng Yanxiong had been appointed head of the newly established “Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.” He will be in charge of implementing the Hong Kong National Security Act.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed alarm over the many arrests that have been made since Wednesday in Hong Kong courtesy of the controversial new national security law. Hundreds of people have since been arrested in the former British colony since Wednesday.
According to reports received from New Delhi on Thursday, India’s Ministry of Defense agreed to purchase 33 new Russian fighter jets and upgrade 59 others. The military pact between New Delhi and Moscow is worth $2.45 billion, according to the Defense Ministry. India is facing security challenges due to its borders with China and Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the border area on Friday to take a direct look at the ongoing tensions between India and China. Prime Minister Modi’s visit comes at a time when diplomatic and military talks are underway between the two countries to resolve the standoff on the border.
The US Senate passed a final version of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act on Thursday, authorizing Washington to sanction individuals and businesses that promote the controversial national security law in Hong Kong and restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy.
After the United Kingdom said it would provide citizenship for Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas (BNO) Passport, the Australian government also sent a signal that it intends to provide visa convenience to Hongkongers who are worried about their own safety.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that the US government’s goal is not to impose sanctions on Iran for only a short time. Instead, Pompeo said the United States would continue to seek an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today condemned the recent arrests in Hong Kong, which he called another “communist-run city,” following the entry into force of China’s new national security law applied to the territory. Pompeo also made remarks to reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
In yet another protest move towards China, following its enactment of the controversial national security law that has been imposed in Hong Kong, the United States government has restricted defense equipment and high-tech products exports to Hong Kong. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing representatives of countries participating in a virtual session of the UN Security Council, said that countries from Israel to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, all “unanimously” want to extend and expand Iran’s arms embargo.
The British government is “deeply concerned” about the controversial new Hong Kong Security Law, passed Tuesday by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Specifically, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it may breach a treaty between London and Beijing. He added his government was considering what response to give.
The controversial Hong Kong security law is about to be implemented. China has refused to cancel it, as proposed by various western nations, and it is now threatening American critics with visa restrictions. It is a move similar to what had been taken before by Washington towards China’s proponents of the controversial law.
Jodi McKay, leader of the New South Wales Labor Party, said on Friday that media reports that raids on the home and office of fellow NSW politician Shaoquett Moselmane involved possible allegations of Chinese government interference were “dreadfully concerning.” His Sydney residence was searched and a warrant was also issued for his parliamentary office.
India, for the first time, admitted on Thursday that China had assembled troops in the border region of the Himalayas, which was subject to territorial disputes. The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused China of starting military deployment before causing tension.
The US Senate has passed the Hong Kong Autonomy Law on Thursday, which will impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that support China’s restrictions on Hong Kong’s autonomy. This is seen as a counterattack against Beijing’s enactment of the “National Security Law.“
The German health minister has promised to increase funding for the World Health Organization’s activities by millions of euros. The donations will be used to support the organization’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, and COVID-19 disease.
The US Treasury Department on Thursday issued a statement announcing its decision to blacklist major Iranian metal production companies and their affiliates. The US Treasury Department has emphasized the importance of the Mobarakeh Steel Company in particular.
China conducted inspections of the video streaming services TikTok in June. It was based on a formal complaint by Russia. In 2019, Roskomnadzor conducted a compliance check pertaining to TikTok operating in Russia. To note, Russia tightened its legislation in 2018.
The Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh came to Moscow to participate in the 75th Victory Day Parade commemorating the end of World War II. It is expected to be the largest parade in Russian history. To note, Syrian military personnel are also involved in the parade, and completed a practice run on June 23.
News reports quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the United States had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a continued unrestricted arms embargo on Iran. Iran’s arms embargo, under the IAEA Board, continues until October of this year.
Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Health, Sabirzhan Abdikarimov, announced 205 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours. Most of the newly identified 82 people came from the capital, Bishkek. Three of the hospitalized patients died. This is the highest rate since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many observers in India fear that border talks between India and China could come to a complete standstill after Beijing demanded full sovereignty over the disputed Galwan Valley on the China-Indian border. China has officially made that claim after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the valley last Monday night.
China has warned that the continued bullying of Iran by the US government may undermine the current agreement, which allows Iranian nuclear sites to be inspected as set out in the 2015 Iranian agreement. China has stated this in a 5-page document presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The campaign #НашВыборРоссия (“Our Choice — Russia”), which started in Donetsk on June 1, in honor of Russia Day, is declared indefinite. This was reported on the official site of the self-proclaimed republic. The press service of the organization recalled statements made by the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.
China is experiencing a second wave of the Coronavirus, particularly in Beijing. In the previous case, which began in Wuhan, China, it turned in to a global pandemic that continues to affect the rest of the world. Currently, there are 8.8 million infected and, over 464,000 deaths around the world.
China revealed its intentions today of establishing a national security bureau in Hong Kong, as outlined in its recently passed, controversial National Security Law for Hong Kong. The security bureau will report directly to the Chinese central government, and will be located in Hong Kong.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the COVID-19 virus continues to spread quickly, remains deadly, and most people are susceptible to it. He noted that on Thursday, WHO organs recorded more than 150,000 infections in the highest daily toll since the outbreak of the epidemic.
Agence France-Presse quoted media reports that China has released ten Indian soldiers, who had previously been held captive. On Monday, fighting between China and India broke out in the border area near the Himalayas. It was the worst military conflict in 45 years, killing at least 20 Indian soldiers.
India and China have accused each other of inciting clashes in the Galwan Valley that have killed at least 20 Indian soldiers in Ladakh. India alleges that China unilaterally sought to change the situation, while China pointed fingers at Indian forces, saying they had attacked members of Chinese forces.
A group of 86 international Non-governmental organizations has called upon China to abandon the national security law, as it greatly infringes on Hong Kong’s human rights and freedoms. In a bid to curb dissidents in Hong Kong, Beijing is keen on the imposition of the controversial law.
The city of Beijing will once again close all of its schools and universities after a spike in cases of the new coronavirus in the Chinese capital. The deputy secretary-general of the Beijing municipal government, Chen Bei, said at a press conference that the city is now moving from the third to the second level of emergency.
Over 800 people are quarantined in North Korean stopgap quarantine-centers. This is according to a recent report released by the Daily North Korea, a South Korean newspaper that covers agendas related to its northern neighbor. According to the publication, the North Korean government is using motels, resorts and education institutions to board coronavirus patients.
The President of the Russian Arctic Academy of Sciences, Valery Mitko, has been charged with high treason. Currently, Mitko is represented by a defender from the Team 29. Therefore, this is why this information has become available to the public. There was no such information before the lawyer was retained this month.