September 3, 2000 |
The attack was over in minutes, but its impact is certain to last. Angered and emotionally exhausted by years of wrangling with officialdom, about 30 young mainland Chinese immigrants fighting to join family members in China's newest, wealthiest city simply snapped. They sprinkled flammable liquid along the corridors of the 13th-floor offices of Hong Kong's Immigration Department. They doused themselves. Then they lighted a match.
April 19, 2000 |
In an escalating controversy over Hong Kong's autonomy, journalists in the territory launched a protest campaign Tuesday over what they said are attempts to curtail press freedom. "We will not be propaganda machines," said a petition circulated by the Hong Kong Journalists Assn. during a 24-hour drive to obtain signatures from local media outlets. The move came after Beijing warned journalists here not to report on viewpoints supporting Taiwanese independence.
June 27, 1999 |
Hong Kong protesters and opposition politicians assailed a controversial decision Saturday by China's legislature to give Beijing, and not the former British colony, the final say on which mainland residents can move there. The Beijing decision may have allayed the long-standing fears of some Hong Kong residents that their densely populated, recession-racked territory would be swamped by mainland Chinese immigrants.
June 26, 1999 |
China's legislature revised a Hong Kong court ruling on immigration today, issuing a narrowly worded decision with far-reaching implications for the independence of the territory's judiciary. The executive committee of China's National People's Congress ruled that Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeals erred by not consulting the mainland legislature when deciding which Chinese citizens had the right of abode in the territory.
May 19, 1999 |
As protesters marched with funeral wreaths to mourn what they said was the death of an independent judiciary in Hong Kong, the territory's government announced Tuesday that it will ask Beijing for help in reversing a controversial court ruling here granting residency rights to mainland-born offspring of Hong Kongers. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, citing an official report that Hong Kong's population could swell by 1.
July 1, 1998 |
A year after China reclaimed Hong Kong from British control, the territory is in little mood to celebrate. What had been a bubbly, booming economy is now heading for its worst recession since World War II. Add to that a series of health scares--bird flu, an algae-filled "red tide," a cholera outbreak and pesticide-tainted vegetables--and people are worrying about not only the money in their pockets but the food on their tables.