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How China brought its authoritarian legal system to Hong Kong

July 2, 2020

When Beijing announced it would impose a national security law on Hong Kong six weeks ago, many people feared the legislation could extend China's authoritarian reach over the semi-autonomous city and undermine its cherished rule of law.

Photos: New security law sparks protests in Hong Kong

July 1, 2020

Hundreds of protesters were arrested in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay after China's central government imposed a national security law over the semi-autonomous city.

Hong Kong is about to be governed by a law most residents have never seen

June 30, 2020

China's new national security legislation for Hong Kong was written and passed behind closed doors, without the consultation of the city's local government or legislature. It will reportedly come into force on July 1, potentially rewriting the city's legal system -- despite the fact the overwhelming majority of residents have no idea of what precisely it will entail.

Singapore rolls out contact-tracing device for people without smartphones

June 29, 2020

Singapore is distributing a digital contact-tracing device to people who don't use smartphones, as part of the city-state's efforts to contain coronavirus.

China to impose tit-for-tat visa restrictions on US officials over Hong Kong

June 29, 2020

China will impose visa restrictions on certain United States individuals in response to Washington's move last week to place similar limits on Chinese officials over Hong Kong.

From the Qing Empire to the People's Republic, China's worries about separatism run deep

June 29, 2020

In a speech on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen -- seen by many as modern China's founding father -- President Xi Jinping pledged to "resolutely oppose" any attempt to divide the country.

India opens part of 10,000-bed coronavirus hospital

June 28, 2020

India has opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight coronavirus, as health authorities announced the country's biggest one-day increase in the number of new infections.

Will a Pacific Island travel bubble give Australia an edge in its rivalry with China?

June 27, 2020

The picturesque Pacific islands are fast forming into a fault line for geopolitical tensions. As both Canberra and Beijing pour aid into the region, the possibility of a travel bubble between the Pacific Islands and Australia has given the rivalry a new dimension.

China loves Bolton's book for embarrassing Trump, but not the parts about Xi

June 26, 2020

Limits on John Bolton's China revelations go beyond simply not covering the matter: there is evidence of discussion of the book being censored on two of the biggest platforms on the Chinese internet.

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