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`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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Organisers Monday urged Hong Kong`s government to take seriously an unofficial referendum on democratic reform after nearly 800,000 people voted in the Chinese city, but state media in Beijing dismissed the ballot as unpatriotic.