Shanghai stocks notch fifth straight week of wins

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

Shanghai stocks notch fifth straight week of wins

Huang Yixuan

Shanghai stocks retreated slightly on Friday, but still managed to close out a fifth consecutive week in positive territory.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.05 percent to 3,083.79 points, and the blue chip CSI300 Index closed 0.18 percent lower at 4,144.96 points. The smaller Shenzhen Component Index, however, rose 0.17 percent to 10,656.41 points, while the ChiNext Composite Index advanced by 0.18 percent to 1,832.74 points.

Turnover on the two major bourses totaled 695.4 billion yuan (US$99.8 billion), 56.1 billion yuan less than the previous session. Overseas capital continued to flow into the Chinese mainland market via the Stock Connect schemes, posting a net influx of 3.36 billion yuan by the close of trading.

Liquor shares were among the big decliners. Leading firm Kweichow Moutai extended its recent slump, falling by 4.55 percent to its lowest level since mid-September, as revenue and net profit growth in 2019 fell short of expectations.

Anhui Gujing Distillery Co fell 3.01 percent, while Anhui Kouzi Distillery Co shed 2.46 percent.

Home appliance firms were also among the losers, with Haier Smart Home Co closing 3.92 percent lower and Midea Group Co down 2.49 percent.

Real estate companies, transportation shares, and the catering and tourism sector also posted declines, while media firms, computer companies and the communication industry performed well.

On the STAR Market, 45 of the total 70 listed companies gained on the day.

For the week, the Shanghai Composite Index was up 2.63 percent, extending its rally to a fifth week in a row. Total turnover also expanded to 1.11 trillion yuan compared with last week’s 1.03 trillion yuan.

Former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse blasts company’s work in China

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF FOX NEWS)

 

Former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse blasts company’s work in China

‘Just when Google needed to double down on a commitment to human rights, it decided to instead chase bigger profits and an even higher stock price’

Former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse slammed the tech giant for valuing profits more than human rights in an essay published Thursday.

LaJeunesse, Google’s former head of international relations, and a current Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine, wrote on Medium that Google’s phrase, “Don’t be evil” had become “nothing more than just another corporate marketing tool.”

He said that executives at Google were choosing to work with countries like China and Saudi Arabia, despite human rights violations committed by those countries.

13 CEOS WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT TO 2020

He also accused Google of pushing him out of the company in April, after 11 years at the company, according to a report from The Washington Post.

“I didn’t change,” LaJeunesse told The Post. “Google changed,”

Democratic Senate candidate and former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse is pictured. (Staff Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

LaJeunesse’s Medium post, “I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left,” explained how Google entered the Chinese market in 2006 but it decided to stop cooperating with the Chinese government and leave the market in 2010.

However, LaJeunesse said that in 2017 he found out about several troubling projects, including the “Dragonfly” project, a secretly developed, censored Search product for China and potential deals between Cloud executives and the government of Saudi Arabia.

ALPHABET, WARREN BUFFETT’S BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AMONG BARRON’S 2020 STOCK PICKS

And at the end of the year, he said he was “completely surprised” to hear that Google had established its Google Center for Artificial Intelligence in Beijing.

After hearing about all the troubling projects, LaJeunesse, who had been in the international relations head role since 2012, attempted to create a formal “Human Rights Program” for the entire company, but he said that executives brushed him off

“As someone who had consistently advocated for a human rights-based approach, I was being sidelined from the on-going conversations on whether to launch Dragonfly,” LaJeunesse wrote. “I then realized that the company had never intended to incorporate human rights principles into its business and product decisions.”

Stocks in this Article

GOOGLALPHABET INC.
$1,368.68
+29.29 (+2.19%)

“Just when Google needed to double down on a commitment to human rights, it decided to instead chase bigger profits and an even higher stock price,” he added.

In an emailed statement, a Google spokesperson told FOX Business the company has an unwavering commitment to support human rights organizations and efforts.

“That commitment is unrelated to and unaffected by the reorganization of our policy team, which was widely reported and which impacted many members of the team,” the spokesperson said. “As part of this reorganization, Ross was offered a new position at the exact same level and compensation, which he declined to accept.”

In his essay, LaJeunesse blamed the change of senior executive leadership at Google and the company’s products that it developed with the governments of China and Saudi Arabia

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE

Ultimately, LaJeunesse wrote that government oversight is the best solution.

“No longer can massive tech companies like Google be permitted to operate relatively free from government oversight,” he said. “As soon as Google executives were asked by Congress about Project Dragonfly and Google’s commitment to free expression and human rights, they assured Congress that the project was exploratory and it was subsequently shut down.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS

LaJeunesse said the executives and shareholders cannot be entrusted with the responsibility they have taken on because of how ubiquitous their technology has become.

“The role of these companies in our daily lives, from how we run our elections to how we entertain and educate our children, is just too great to leave in the hands of executives who are accountable only to their controlling shareholders who — in the case of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Snap — happen to be fellow company insiders and founders,” he added.

This story was updated to include a comment from Google. 

 

 

China: Xi says phase-one China-US trade deal benefits both sides, world

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF SHANGHAI CHINA’S ‘SHINE’ NEWS NETWORK)

 

Xi says phase-one China-US trade deal benefits both sides, world

Xinhua

The phase-one economic and trade deal between China and the United States benefits both sides and the whole world, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

In a phone conversation with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, Xi noted that the two countries have reached the phase-one agreement on the basis of the principle of equality and mutual respect.

Against the backdrop of an extremely complicated international environment, the agreement benefits China, the United States, as well as peace and prosperity of the whole world, Xi said.

For his part, Trump said that the phase-one economic and trade agreement reached between China and the United States is good for the two countries and the whole world.

Noting that both countries’ markets and the world have responded very positively to the agreement, Trump said that the United States is willing to maintain close communication with China and strive for the signing and implementation of the agreement at an early date.

Xi stressed that the economic and trade cooperation between China and the United States has made significant contributions to the stability and development of China-US relations and the advancement of the world economy.

Modern economy and modern technologies have integrated the world as a whole, thus making the interests of China and the United States more intertwined with each other, Xi said, adding that the two sides will experience some differences in cooperation.

As long as both sides keep holding the mainstream of China-US economic and trade cooperation featuring mutual benefits and win-win outcomes, and always respect each other’s national dignity, sovereignty and core interests, they will overcome difficulties on the way of progress, and push forward their economic and trade relations under the new historical conditions, so as to benefit the two countries and peoples, Xi said.

China expresses serious concerns over the US side’s recent negative words and actions on issues related to China’s Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, Xi said.

He noted that the US behaviors have interfered in China’s internal affairs and harmed China’s interests, which is detrimental to the mutual trust and bilateral cooperation.

China hopes that the United States will seriously implement the important consensuses reached by the two leaders over various meetings and phone conversations, pay high attention and attach great importance to China’s concerns, and prevent bilateral relations and important agendas from being disturbed, Xi said.

Trump said he is looking forward to maintaining regular communication with Xi by various means, adding he is confident that both countries can properly handle differences, and US-China relations can maintain smooth development.

Xi said he is willing to maintain contacts with Trump by various means, exchange views over bilateral relations and international affairs, and jointly promote China-US relations on the basis of coordination, cooperation and stability.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula. Xi stressed that it is imperative to stick to the general direction of a political settlement, saying all parties should meet each other halfway, and maintain dialogue and momentum for the mitigation of the situation, which is in the common interests of all.

China prepares to launch Long March-5 rocket

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF SHANGHAI CHINA’S ‘SHINE’ NEWS NETWORK)

 

China prepares to launch Long March-5 rocket

Xinhua
China prepares to launch Long March-5 rocket

Xinhua

The third Long March-5 rocket is vertically transported to the launching area at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China’s Hainan Province on Saturday.

The third Long March-5 rocket, China’s largest carrier rocket, was vertically transported to the launching area at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China’s Hainan Province on Saturday.

The carrier rocket, coded as Long March-5 Y3, is planned to be launched at the end of December, according to the China National Space Administration.

Space engineers have conducted a general assembly and tests on the rocket after it was transported to Wenchang at the end of October.

It took about two hours to vertically transport the large rocket to the launching area of the center Saturday morning. Space engineers will conduct a final examination and tests on the rocket before the launch.

The upcoming flight of the Long March-5 rocket is regarded as a highlight of China’s space sector this year, as the large rocket is the key to China’s future space missions.

If the flight is successful, the carrier rocket will be tasked with launching China’s first Mars probe and sending the Chang’e-5 lunar probe to the moon to bring lunar samples back to Earth. In addition, a modified version of the rocket, Long March-5B, will be used to construct China’s space station.

China: 14 dead, 2 trapped in southwest China coal and gas outburst

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

14 dead, 2 trapped in southwest China coal and gas outburst

Xinhua

Fourteen miners were found dead and two others remained trapped underground after a coal and gas outburst happened at a coal mine in southwest China’s Guizhou Province early Tuesday, local authorities said.

The accident happened at around 1:30 AM Tuesday at Guanglong Coal Mine in Anlong County, when 23 workers were working underground. Seven workers have been lifted to safety, while 14 have been confirmed dead and two others remained trapped.

An emergency response has been activated and rescue work and investigation is underway.

China: Xi meets with HKSAR chief executive

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

Xi meets with HKSAR chief executive

Xinhua
Xi meets with HKSAR chief executive

Xinhua

President Xi Jinping on Monday meets with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam in Beijing.

President Xi Jinping on Monday met with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam, who is on a duty visit to Beijing.

During the meeting, Xi heard a report from Lam on Hong Kong’s current situation and the HKSAR government’s work.

Xi said 2019 has been the most grim and complex year for Hong Kong since it returned to the motherland.

“In the face of various difficulties and pressures, you have stuck to the bottom line of the ‘one country, two systems’ principle, governed in accordance with the law, scrupulously fulfilled your duty, and done a great deal of hard work,” Xi told Lam.

Xi also said Lam has led the SAR government to actively respond to social concerns, adopt a series of policies and measures to support businesses and mitigate difficulties for the people, and carefully study solutions to deep social tensions and problems.

Xi said the central government fully acknowledges the courage and sense of mission Lam has demonstrated during this special period for Hong Kong.

Xi stressed that he had made clear the stance and attitude of the central government on Hong Kong’s situation at the 11th BRICS summit in Brazil on Nov. 14.

“We have unswerving determination to safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, implement the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and oppose any external force interfering in Hong Kong affairs,” Xi said.

“We will continue to firmly support you in leading the SAR government to govern in accordance with the law, firmly support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law, firmly support all people who love China and Hong Kong, and hope Hong Kong people from all walks of life will unite and work together to bring Hong Kong’s development back on track,” Xi told Lam.

Xi meets with HKSAR chief executive

Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang on Monday meets with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Premier Li Keqiang also met with Lam on the same day.

During the meeting, Li heard a report on the situation in Hong Kong and the SAR government’s work.

Vice Premier Han Zheng also attended the meeting.

Lam’s duty trip to Beijing this year has drawn wide attention, as the disturbances in Hong Kong have damaged the society in many ways, he said.

“The central government will continue to resolutely implement the ‘one country, two systems’ principle, resolutely support you as the chief executive in leading the SAR government to govern in accordance with the law, and resolutely safeguard Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability,” Li told Lam.

Currently, the economy of Hong Kong is experiencing an obvious decline, with many industries suffering heavy blows, Li said.

In the face of this unprecedented grim and complex situation, Lam has led the HKSAR government in sparing no efforts to maintain social stability and rolling out a series of measures to aid enterprises and ensure employment, Li said, praising Lam and the HKSAR government for “rising to the challenges and doing a lot of difficult work.”

Li said the central government fully acknowledges the efforts made by Lam and the HKSAR government.

Noting that Hong Kong is still facing difficulties, Li said the HKSAR government should make continuous efforts to bring the violence and chaos to an end in accordance with the law and restore order.

Li also urged the HKSAR government to intensify efforts to address deep-rooted issues in the economic and social development of Hong Kong so as to ensure lasting prosperity and stability in the region.

Lam said the past year has been a grim year for Hong Kong’s politics, economy and society, and the SAR government has adopted a series of measures to restore order, support businesses and mitigate difficulties for the people.

Lam expressed gratitude to the central government for its support for Hong Kong.

The SAR government will keep developing the economy and improving people’s wellbeing, take part in the development of the country, expand international cooperation and consolidate Hong Kong’s position as an international financial, trade and shipping center, said Lam.

5 Lakes That Are Disappearing Before Our Eyes

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRAVEL TRIVIA)

 

5 Lakes That Are Disappearing Before Our Eyes

Most people know that water is a precious resource. Between climate change and the needs of the world’s ever-growing population, water is vanishing more and more rapidly. Many bodies of water around the world aren’t what they once were. You may even be aware of water shortages in your area. And while some water sources are gradually diminishing, other cases are much more dramatic. The following are five lakes that are tragically disappearing before our eyes.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Dead Sea — Israel and Jordan

The Dead Sea — Israel and Jordan

Credit: aeduard/ iStock

The Dead Sea is a remarkable place for many reasons. Tourists flock to the area because you can swim in the sea and float due to the salinity of the water. The salt and mineral-rich mud are known for their health benefits, another big draw. The Dead Sea is also the lowest place on Earth at 430.5 meters (or 1,412 feet) below sea level!

Unfortunately, the water level is decreasing by about a meter per year. The water loss is primarily due to the fact that one of its main water sources, the Jordan River, was dammed in the 1960s. As the population grows, water from this river goes to maintaining crops and supporting the human community in the region. And because of the tense political climate, the potential solution of creating a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea has been hard to implement. There’s still a lot of water left in the Dead Sea, but if you want to see this anomaly of nature and float in the water yourself, you might be smart to go sooner rather than later.

Lake Poopó — Bolivia

Lake Poopó — Bolivia

Credit: FernandoPodolski/ iStock

Lake Poopó is a tragic example of what can happen when humans divert too much water from a lake. This lake was once the second-largest lake in Bolivia, but now it’s all but completely dried up. Some stark aerial photos from NASA show the lake is virtually gone. This is a huge loss considering the lake saw highs of up to 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 square miles). Since the lake was always shallow, the locals are used to fluctuations in the size of the lake.

The current disappearance is not good news for the local communities that rely on the lake for fish. However, those who have been in the area for a long time have seen this before. The lake dried up entirely in 1994 because of drought and evaporation, and eventually replenished itself. So there is hope that the lake will fill back up, and the ecosystem will eventually rebuild. The rainy season in Bolivia is from December to March, so if the drought doesn’t drag on, the lake could potentially fill back up.

The Aral Sea — Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

The Aral Sea — Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Credit: Daniel Prudek/ Shutterstock

This sea that lies on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan used to be the fourth-largest lake in the world, with only Lakes Superior, Victoria, and the Caspian Sea being larger. But when the water was diverted in the 1970s, the lake slowly began to dry up, and now only 10% of the water remains. The disappearance of the water is especially distressing for communities that used to live off of the fishing industry. The BBC describes the demise of this sea as “one of the most dramatic alterations of the Earth’s surface for centuries.”

A visual reminder of the death of this lake, perhaps for people who weren’t alive before the 1970s when the lake was full, are the stranded ships that accidentally ran ashore as the water levels dropped. The mud dried, and the landscape became a desert, with the boats as relics of what once was. People who used to farm and fish in the region have had to look for other means of income, and many have struggled to do so.

Category IconHistory
3pts

Daily trivia question

Today’s Trivia Question

Where was the first lighthouse in the U.S. located?

PLAY!Plane icon

Poyang Lake — China

Poyang Lake — China

Credit: chuyuss/ Shutterstock

Poyang Lake was once China’s largest freshwater lake. The size has always been hard to define due to the fluctuations throughout the seasons. Now, however, Poyang Lake is nearly gone due to drought and the diversion of the Yangtze River. Unlike some of the other disappearing lakes, the former lake is now an eerie grassland instead of a desert. However, if the drought continues, the land could quickly turn to sand and dirt like we’ve seen in the Aral Sea.

Some aerial photos reveal bizarre paths in the grass from people cutting through the lake bed. The disappearance of the lake certainly affects the logistics of the surrounding cities and towns. For example, the city of Nanchang used to sit right on the water’s edge. Now the shoreline is over 15 miles away. And all this change has happened in just the last century. Animal activists are especially concerned about the impending extinction of a finless porpoise that mainly lives in Poyang Lake.

Lake Chad — Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon

Lake Chad — Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon

Credit: HomoCosmicos/ iStock

Lake Chad in Africa is another story of a once-enormous lake shrinking because of irrigation, climate change, and a steadily-growing population. This African lake has shrunk by 90% since the 1960s and is the water source for 20 to 30 million people. Is there any hope for restoring its waters?

Some propose routing water from the Congo River. The main problem with that is that the river is over 2,400 kilometers away (1,500 miles), and the governments of the four countries who share the lake (Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon) are having a hard time coming to a consensus. Proponents of the plan suggest that if they can refill the lake, it would ease the crisis of nearly 11 million people in the region who need humanitarian aid to survive.

Shanghai China: Households sign to relocate from downtown ghetto

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

Households sign to relocate from downtown ghetto

Yang Jian
Households sign to relocate from downtown ghetto

Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Pedestrians walk in the Qiaojia Road area on Saturday.

Over 2,400 households of residents living in Shanghai’s last remaining downtown ghetto will get relocated as most of them signed to accept the relocation deals over the weekend.

Some 92 percent of residents living in the western block of Qiaojia Road area in Huangpu District put their names on the dotted line on the first day the consultation process on Saturday.

The relocation can be begin as long as 85 percent of the residents agree. They can move to designated housing or receive cash compensation to purchase new properties on their own.

Officials with the Laoximen Subdistrict and neighborhood committees set up consultation offices to explain policies, answer question and help solve family disputes for the remaining residents who were still reluctant to leave.

Qiaojia Road is a small street in the old town, once the center of Shanghai, that covers 2 square kilometers. The road stretches for less than one kilometer. It was where Xu Guangqi (1562-1633), a scholar-bureaucrat of the Ming Dynasty, was born. His former residence is still in existence.

Painter Wang Yiting’s former residence is also on Qiaojia Road. In 1922, Wang welcomed Albert Einstein and his wife to the house.

Households sign to relocate from downtown ghetto

Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Residents check the proportion of households signing to get relocated on Qiaojia Road on Saturday.

Households sign to relocate from downtown ghetto

Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Residents celebrate when over 85 percent of households sign up to be relocated on Qiaojia Road on Saturday.

The condition of the historic buildings in the area has worsened and buildings that once housed only one family are now stuffed with five or six, sometimes more. Residents are still using chamber pots in the neighborhoods.

Huangpu has the largest amount of lane-style neighborhoods awaiting modernization, some 2 million square meters with shared bathrooms and kitchens. About 65,000 households in the downtown district are still using chamber pots.

The district government had planned to relocate or renovate 8,000 households each year until 2025.

It is part of a new round of face-lifting campaigns that have already been launched in Huangpu. They include the renovation of the former home of Shanghai Municipal Council and the city government near the Bund, the Chengxingli residential community and the Qiaojia Road Neighborhood.

As another key project, the nearly century-old former city government building is being preserved and renovated into offices, cultural and public space as well as commercial property. It will open to the public in 2023.

The Chengxingli neighborhood, a shikumen, or stone-gate community, on Beijing Road W., offers a new model for renovations in old neighborhoods. The project relocated some residents while renovating the living spaces of those who choose to remain.

Relocated families free up space for each remaining household. This space will be used for new kitchen and toilet facilities.

 

China: CFA hits back at Ozil for supporting’East Turkistan’

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF SHANGHAI CHINA’S ‘SHINE’ NEWS NETWORK)

 

CFA hits back at Ozil for supporting’East Turkistan’

SHINE

CFA hits back at Ozil for supporting'East Turkistan'

Reuters

Mesut Ozil.

The Chinese Football Association expressed great indignation and disappointment at the comments made by German footballer Mesut Ozil on “East Turkistan.”

The Arsenal midfielder, who is of Turkish origin, posted messages on Twitter and Instagram on Friday, expressing support to the East Turkistan Islamic Movement in Xinjiang.

“‘East Turkistan’ is not a national or religious issue, but separatism, terrorism and extremism, which are despised by peace-loving people all over the world,” Global Times quoted a CFA official as saying.

“Ozil’s comments not only hurt many Chinese fans who pay close attention to him, but also hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, which is unacceptable to us,” the official said.

Arsenal, the English football club where Ozil plays, distanced itself from Ozil’s comments.

“The content published is Ozil’s personal opinion,” the club said in a Chinese language post on Saturday on its official account on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.

“As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.”

But some angry fans called for a ban on airing Arsenal games featuring Ozil.

“I hope they ban Ozil’s matches and business activities (in China),” wrote one Weibo user.

Another Chinese fan said she “cried last night” after reading Ozil’s post.

“For over a decade, I’ve worn an Arsenal jersey with Ozil’s number. It will never be worn again,” she wrote on Weibo.

Two new documentaries, produced by China Global Television Network and released recently, expose how ‘East Turkistan’ brainwashes people, including children, with extremist thoughts, inciting hatred between different ethnic groups and launching terrorist attacks.

The 31-year-old footballer sparked controversy last year when he was photographed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, raising questions about his loyalty to Germany on the eve of its 2018 World Cup campaign.

Ozil later quit the national squad, accusing German football officials of racism. Erdogan was Ozil’s best man when the footballer was married in Istanbul this year.

Hong Kong leader Lam heads to Beijing as pressure mounts at home

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF AL-JAZEERA NEWS)

 

Hong Kong leader Lam heads to Beijing as pressure mounts at home

During her four-day visit, Lam is due to discuss political and economic situation in Hong Kong with President Xi.

Report says Lam will hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday [File: Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP]
Report says Lam will hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday [File: Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam left for Beijing on Saturday for her first visit to the Chinese capital since her government was handed a crushing defeat in local elections last month, prompting speculation about changes to her leadership team.

Lam is due to discuss the political and economic situation in the China-ruled city with Beijing officials during a four-day visit. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, news reports said.

More:

Hong Kong has been convulsed by daily and often violent protests for the last six months as demonstrations against a now-withdrawn extradition bill broadened into demands for greater democratic freedom.

There have also been calls from opposition politicians, activists and the Hong Kong media for Lam to resign.

Amid all the pressure, Lam has remained unbowed and said that there will no further concessions to the protesters.

Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people marched to protest against what is seen as Beijing undermining freedoms guaranteed when the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997.

Many young protesters are also angry at Lam’s government, charging it with failing to address social inequality issues in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

This week Lam said a cabinet reshuffle was not an “immediate task” and she would focus her efforts on restoring law and order to Hong Kong.

Still, there are doubts about how long Beijing is willing to back her. Especially after pro-democracy candidates won nearly 90 percent of the seats in district elections last month.

China has condemned the unrest and blamed foreign interference. It denies that it is meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs.

In an editorial this week, the official China Daily newspaper called on Hong Kong’s government to uphold the rule of law.

Separately, police have arrested five teenagers in connection with the murder of a 70-year-old man last month and for rioting, the government said.

The man had been assaulted by someone with bricks and later died in hospital, the government said in a statement.

He was the second person in less than a week to die in protest-linked incidents.

Alex Chow, a 22-year-old university student, died on November 8 from head injuries sustained during a fall in a multi-story car park while police and protesters were clashing.

Although the events leading to his fall are unclear and disputed, protesters have blamed the police.

The past three weeks have seen a lull in the violence and vandalism after pro-democracy parties won a landslide in local council elections.

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

She's a Frustrated Traveler

Shout out to YOLO!

Diary of a Gay Dad. I am a full time dad to five young children.

People family relationships children cooking jam making and being a gay dad

المعلومات في جميع المجلات

هذا الموقع يمكنه الكلام في ما يدور في العالم

The Common Sense Theologian

Theology, Politics, Life, Education, Family, Home, Kids, Marriage, Outdoors

India Travel BLog

A Blog about Indian Tourism

Danny's wor(l)d

have a great read here!!

%d bloggers like this: