Wednesday, October 1, 2014
China's refusal to allow free elections in Hong Kong risks an open-ended confrontation that will test how far Beijing will go to stop the city's pro-democracy fever from infecting the mainland.
With well stocked food stands, fastidious recycling, unmanned phone-charging stations and even a chamber ensemble, Hong Kong's huge protests have a distinctly civilized flavor — part of a charm offensive to maintain mainstream support.
Chinese state media insisted Tuesday that China would not give in to Hong Kong protesters' demands for full democracy and would wait for mass protests in the semi-autonomous city to fizzle out.
A concert was held in Beijing on Monday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed the city, but protesters refused to move until Beijing grants the financial hub genuine democracy.
The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralyzed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands Monday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections.
China has published a book of President Xi Jinping's remarks, state media reported Monday, as his profile in the country's carefully scripted press eclipses all recent leaders except Mao Zedong.
Protesters armed with little more than parasols and determination have brought central Hong Kong to a standstill with their demands for full democracy, in a movement that has been dubbed the “umbrella revolution.”
China on Monday hailed the one-year anniversary of its first free-trade zone (FTZ), but foreign companies expressed disappointment over the pace of pledged reforms as they await real business opportunities.
U.S. technology giant Microsoft on Monday launched its Xbox One game console in China, the first foreign company to enter the potentially massive market after the government lifted a 14-year ban.