Hong Kong urged to accept `imperfect` democracy

Hong Kongers must accept Beijing`s version of democracy even if they think it is imperfect because the interests of the city`s business community have to be safeguarded, one of China`s foremost legal experts said Thursday.

Hong Kong anti-graft agency raids home of media tycoon critical of Beijing

Anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong on Thursday raided the home of Jimmy Lai, a media magnate and outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his publications and with donations.

Hong Kong media tycoon under graft investigation

Anti-corruption officers conducted an early morning raid Thursday on the Hong Kong home of Jimmy Lai, an outspoken mogul whose media empire is often highly critical of Beijing.

Hong Kong legal body votes to oust its pro-Beijing president

The Hong Kong Law Society has sent a strong rebuke to Beijing after it passed a vote of no confidence in its own president, who backed a controversial white paper reaffirming China`s control over the city.

Hong Kong lawyers take stand for independence from Beijing

Hong Kong`s Law Society has passed an historic vote of no-confidence in its president over pro-Beijing comments, revealing a determination by the traditionally conservative lawyers to confront perceived threats from China to the legal independence in the free-wheeling, global financial hub.

China`s elite tighten their belts as crackdown bites

China`s big spenders are reining in overt shows of wealth, shelving shopping trips in Hong Kong and Macau gambling sprees in the face of the Communist Party`s anti-corruption and frugality drive, analysts say.

Chinese ex-military leader under graft investigation: Report

A former high-ranking Chinese military leader is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes, a Hong Kong-based watchdog said on Tuesday, coming on the back of the nation`s much-publicised anti-corruption drive.

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future

As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbour erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronised nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water`s edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.

China denounces British Parliament`s inquiry into Hong Kong affairs

China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing.

25 injured as Hong Kong-bound jet hits turbulence

Hong Kong airport authorities said they were notified by the plane`s captain at 11:00 am that they would need help from emergency services when they came into land.

Hong Kong asks Beijing for greater democracy

Hong Kong has sent a report to Beijing recommending changes to allow for greater democracy in the southern Chinese city, kicking off a process that will ultimately let residents elect their leader for the first time in 2017.

Pro-democracy lawmakers blast UK over Hong Kong report

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no "commitment" to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing.

Chinese ambassador warns against `chaos` in Hong Kong

China`s ambassador to Britain today warned of "chaos" in Hong Kong if pro-democracy campaigners go ahead with a plan to occupy the city centre and dismissed their calls for the public to nominate candidates in leadership elections.

Discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest level in years over what is seen as increasing interference from China and Beijing`s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city`s next chief executive in 2017.

Now Macau activists plan democracy poll in new headache for China

Three activist groups in Chinese-ruled Macau, the world`s biggest gambling hub, are planning an informal referendum on democracy, an organiser said on Tuesday, following the footsteps of neighbouring Hong Kong whose ballot China branded illegal.

Macau, a special administrative region of China like Hong Kong, is widely expected to re-elect its current leader, Fernando Chui, in a vote on August 31.

China`s top paper dismisses fears Hong Kong autonomy being eroded

China`s top newspaper on Friday dismissed fears that the autonomy of the former British colony of Hong Kong was being eroded, saying Beijing`s policy had not and would not change, following mass pro-democracy protests earlier in the week.

China Eastern Airlines to launch budget carrier

China Eastern Airlines said Wednesday it would transform one of its units into a budget airline, the first Chinese state carrier to do so.

Hong Kong police arrest 511 after big democracy rally

Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 people who refused to leave a street in the city`s financial district on Wednesday, a day after tens of thousands of people joined a massive march to push for democracy, free from China`s interference.

Nearly 200 arrested after Hong Kong democracy rally

Hong Kong police have arrested nearly 200 people after tens of thousands of residents joined a massive march to push for democracy.

On day of Hong Kong mass protests, China`s Army opens barracks to public

As tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand greater democracy and freedom from Beijing`s control, China`s military garrison stationed in the freewheeling capitalist hub launched its own offensive - to charm them.

Hong Kong rallies for democracy as govt says `doing its utmost`

Pro-democracy protesters gathered for a mass march in Hong Kong on Tuesday, with one burning a photograph of the city`s leader and another calling for him to be sacked, in what could be the biggest challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule in more than a decade.

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