Thursday, October 2, 2014
A student leader vowed Wednesday to step up Hong Kong's huge pro-democracy protests — including a possible occupation of government offices — unless the city's leader steps down within a day, as support for the movement grew around the world.
The 10,000 pigeons released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.
Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.
China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a crackdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, ....................
Britain may be first in line to put pressure on Beijing to show restraint over pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but the former power must not overestimate its influence, 17 years after handing over the territory.
Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.
China's former richest man Wang Jianlin once bet Alibaba founder Jack Ma 100 million yuan (US$16.3 million) that online purchases in the country would not eclipse bricks-and-mortar buys in the next decade.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hong Kong demonstrators Tuesday rejected demands immediately to end rallies that have paralyzed the city's downtown, their numbers swelling for a third night before a national holiday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.
China's manufacturing activity came in below initial expectations in September, HSBC said Tuesday, adding to pressure for Beijing to address slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy.