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.
May 25, 1998 |
Voters braved heavy rains and floods Sunday for a record turnout in the first elections in this territory under Chinese rule--less a vote about selecting a new Legislative Council than a referendum on the future of democracy in Hong Kong. The result was resounding support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp, which was ousted from the legislature after the territory's return to Chinese sovereignty and replaced by appointed pro-Beijing lawmakers.
March 9, 1998 |
At a recent college fair, a gaggle of boys in crisp British blazers and ties bypassed a booth emblazoned with a Union Jack with just a quick glance backward. They headed toward the stall of a Chinese university--and toward Hong Kong's future. "I like learning in Cantonese better because my English is very cheap," said one student from Po Leung Kuk school. "Hey," said a classmate, elbowing him in the ribs. "You mean poor."