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HK lifts some COVID-19 restrictions after no new local infections reported following city-wide testing

Hong Kong's health authority said Tuesday there had not been a domestically-transmitted coronavirus infection in the previous 24 hours for the first time since early July, and numerous restrictions would end.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 22:43:52

Taiwan businesses can't do without the mainland

In sharp contrast to flaring tensions between the island of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, intensified by a geopolitical battle between China and the US and the coronavirus pandemic, a group of businesspeople from the island who have been doing business in Dongguan in South China's Guangdong Province, said they are remaining calm. For some, it's impossible to abandon the mainland market, even as rhetoric of "economic decoupling" continues to rise.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 2:30:42

Hong Kong finishes mass COVID-19 testing, prepares for health QR code

Hong Kong is braced for a new health tracking QR code system that will come into use soon after the city completes its citywide COVID-19 testing program, during which a total of 1.719 million people have been tested and 26 new confirmed cases have been identified.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 0:46:45

KMT cancels delegation to Straits Forum

The Kuomintang (KMT), an opposition party in the island of Taiwan, announced on Monday that it will not send a delegation to attend the Straits Forum that is scheduled to be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province, because it felt "insulted" after a mainland TV news program said the KMT is asking the mainland for peace amid the intense cross-Straits situation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 21:28:40

HK informs families of violations of 12 residents, guarantees legal aid

Hong Kong's Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu stated that Hong Kong police and immigration authorities have contacted the families of 12 Hong Kong residents suspected of entering the Chinese mainland illegally and explained to them the related laws and regulations. He added that one of those arrested is suspected of violating the national security law for Hong Kong.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 17:55:50

HK secessionists' detention 'a warning' for those with illusions about escape to Taiwan from justice

Shortly after a social media post suggested five fleeing Hong Kong secessionists were not welcome to the island of Taiwan and had been detained without permission to communicate with the outside, another 12 Hong Kong anti-government rioters who reportedly illegally crossed the border by water in August were announced on Sunday to be under criminal detention. These cases all represented a warning shot to Hong Kong secessionists who still hold illusions of escaping from justice.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/13 21:47:26

Taiwan former legislative speaker's possible visit to mainland 'icebreaking': expert

While a US official's possible visit to the island of Taiwan is being condemned for challenging China's bottom line and aggravating disputes, Taiwan's former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng is reportedly scheduled to head for the Chinese mainland for a cross-Straits forum, over which experts expressed positive expectations and said the forum could be "icebreaking" for current cross-Straits relations.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/13 21:43:40

22.2% of Hong Kong residents now tested for COVID-19

As many as 1,666,000 residents have been tested for COVID-19 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's (HKSAR) universal community testing program, who account for 22.2 percent of the city's population, HKSAR government said. HKSAR officially kicked off its universal nucleic acid test scheme on September 1, as local authorities believe it is the best way for the city to bring the epidemic under control, and reopen its economy. The program was originally scheduled to last seven days, but the SAR government has since extended the testing period twice, with the latest deadline set at September 14.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/13 17:23:15

Commissioner's office of Chinese foreign ministry in HKSAR urges US politicians to stop interfering in China's internal affairs

The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Saturday urged some U.S. politicians to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs as a whole.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/12 23:13:42

Not 'wise' to allow politically-driven UK provocations against China over HK to extend to financial sector: experts

The decision by the Court of Common Council in the City of London to back the UK government's plan to provide British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders in Hong Kong with access to British citizenship is a result of domestic political pressure, Chinese observers said Saturday, calling on the financial circle in the City of London to be rational and cherish China-UK fruit in the sector.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/12 15:00:35

Experts warn of grave consequences if US official visits Taiwan

Some secessionist Taiwan media are once again drowning in joy by hyping the possible visit of US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach to the island, which would be a dangerous provocation that further harms the cross-Straits ties and regional stability.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/10 22:23:26

Swiss suspect denies aiding in assault during last year's HK riots

A 74-year-old Swiss man appeared in a Hong Kong court on Wednesday, charged with assisting rioters, disrupting social order and assaulting a man from the Chinese mainland last October.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/10 0:53:05

Omission of Chinese history in Taiwan textbooks opposed in island

The omission of large periods of ancient Chinese history in new textbooks used by some schools in the island of Taiwan, which compress 2,400 years into four pages, is opposed by the majority of Taiwan residents, according to a local online poll. Analysts noted that the act serves as a "soft" method of the Democratic Progressive Party to promote its secessionist agenda by politicizing education.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/9 21:23:40

PLA sorties in Taiwan Straits routine, not related to island missile test: experts

Multiple fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday approached the island of Taiwan, the island's defense authority said, as Taiwan media said the PLA mission is the most intense this year, and speculated that it was aimed at "disrupting" the island's air defense missile test launch.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/9 18:53:41

US sets Taiwan up as a 'human bomb': former vice chairman of Straits Exchange Foundation

From continuing to approve arms sales to Taiwan, to high-level officials visiting Taiwan, to sending warships and aircraft near the island, the US government frequently played the "Taiwan card" to hinder peace of the Taiwan Straits. Many are worried about the chances the Taiwan Straits will become the tipping point of a military conflict between China and the US.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/8 19:08:40

HK suspects arrested in Guangdong to be charged under mainland law: Lam

HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the 12 HK residents suspected of violating the national security law in HK and arrested in Chinese mainland waters while on the run will be charged according to mainland law.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/8 14:18:43

Freedom of speech unchanged in HK: Carrie Lam on arrest of Tam

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Tuesday that she stands firm in supporting Hong Kong's freedom of speech and press as long as it abides by the law, following the recent arrest of rioter Tam Tak-chi.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/8 18:14:54

Hong Kong to relax anti-epidemic measures from Friday: official

Hong Kong plans to start easing anti-epidemic measures on Friday. Sports and entertainment venues will reopen, and restrictions on group gatherings and dining will be relaxed from two to four people, said local officials on Tuesday. Bathhouses, party rooms, swimming pools and karaokes will remain closed, and requirements for wearing masks in public places will continue for seven more days, Sophia Chan Siu-chee, the Secretary for Food and Health said at the press conference.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/8 17:38:40

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