UK travellers’ phones could be checked at Hong Kong border

Devices may be examined at crossings to mainland China, Foreign Office says British travellers heading to Hong Kong have been told their electronic devices could be checked at the border with mainland China. The Foreign Office, which has updated its travel advice due to continuing protests, said: In light of ongoing protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong, there are reports of greater scrutiny from mainland authorities at border crossings between the mainland and Hong Kong. This includes reports that travellers electronic devices have been checked at border crossings. You should be aware that the thresholds for detention and prosecution in China differ from those in Hong Kong. Quick guide What are the Hong Kong protests about? Show Hide Why are …

Protests, clashes and lack of trust: the new normal for Hong Kong

One of the worlds busiest cities has grown unusually quiet as more and more people stay at home It was the third night in a row that Biyanca Chus neighbourhood, Wong Tai Sin, a working-class residential district in Hong Kong, had been taken over by police and protesters. The ground was littered with plastic bottles, broken umbrellas and teargas canisters as the two sides faced off. Chu, 22, slight in an all-black outfit, climbed over a road barrier, took off her baseball cap and slipped a gas mask on. Are you ready to go to the frontline? she asked her companions and they disappeared. Within half an hour, the police began firing rounds of teargas and rubber bullets, charging and …

Children in Pacific suffer ‘shockingly high’ levels of violence, report finds

Aid organisations call out dramatic underinvestment by Australia and other donors in tackling endemic problem Violence against children in the Pacific region has reached endemic levels, with children subject to brutal physical discipline in the home, as well as sexual violence, a new report has found. More than 4 million children across the region had experienced violent discipline in the home and in Papua New Guinea 27% of parents or caregivers used physical punishment over and over as hard as they could, the report by leading NGOs working in the region found. The levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence in the region are shockingly high and it is something that we all need to come together to work around …

Which is the world’s most vertical city?

You might think of Hong Kong, given its famous skyscraper skyline, but by different measures of verticality other cities come out on top Looking out from sky100, Hong Kongs highest observation deck on the 100th floor of the citys tallest building, the 494-metre-high International Commerce Centre, you get a 360-degree view of one of the worlds most famous skylines an urban jungle framed by mountains and the gleaming Victoria harbour, with endless clusters of high-rise buildings packed so closely together they resemble a game of Tetris. Its little wonder a city of such visible density has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Hong Kong has 355 buildings …

South Korea employers face jail for sacking harassed staff under new bullying law

Abuse by those in power is so widespread that there is a word for it gabjil New legislation has come into effect in South Korea that could see employers jailed if they unfairly dismiss employees harassed at work. Employees in South Korea have traditionally been expected to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour by those in power a phenomenon so commonplace that there is a word for it, gabjil. A recent government survey found that two-thirds of workers had experienced harassment on the job, while 80% had witnessed it. Examples of harassment include staff being ordered to write essays for their managers children, perform sexy dances for executives or even pluck out their bosss grey hairs, said labour rights …

Trump fact check: is the Chinese economy really ‘going down the tubes’?

The president reckons Beijing will jump at a trade deal because the countrys grow is slowing. Martin Farrer takes a closer look Donald Trump has claimed ahead of his crunch meeting with Xi Jinping that Chinas economy is going down the tubes and that Beijing is desperate to do a trade deal to avert a bigger slowdown. So is there any truth to the US presidents claims? 1. Its true that China is slowing a bit, but not much China has seen more than 30 years of spectacular growth. The countrys share of global manufacturing was close to zero in 1990 but today accounts for a quarter of the worlds factory output. The transformation has dragged hundreds of millions out …

Canadian minister dismisses suggestion to block Huawei CFOs extradition

Chrystia Freeland said move would set a dangerous precedent while Meng Wanzhou will challenge extradition request Canadas foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has dismissed a suggestion that Ottawa block the extradition of a top executive from Chinas Huawei to the US, saying it would set a dangerous precedent. Huaweis chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, Sangrily demanded Canada release Meng and detained two Canadians on spying charges. It has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has said he fears further retaliation. The Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday said former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrtien had floated the idea of the government Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

US won’t ‘tiptoe’ around Chinese behaviour in Asia, says US defence chief

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan warns stability in the region is under threat, including the South China Sea The United States will no longer tiptoe around Chinese behaviour in Asia, with stability in the region at threat on issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan, acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has said. Shanahan did not directly name China when making accusations of actors destabilising the region, but went on to say on Saturday that the United States would not ignore Chinese behaviour, the latest acerbic exchange between the worlds two biggest economies. He added he was keen to foster a military relationship with Beijing. Perhaps the greatest long-term threat to the vital interests of states across …

1MDB: Fugees rapper and Malaysian businessman indicted over Obama donations

US prosecutors say Jho Low, 37, transferred $21.6m to rapper Prakazrel Pras Michel for 2012 re-election bid A founding member of the hip-hop group the Fugees and a Malaysian businessman have been indicted for making illegal contributions to former US president Barack Obamas 2012 reelection campaign. Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel Pras Michel, 46, and Jho Low, 37, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. Low is a key figure in what is known as the 1MDB scandal, which has rocked Malaysian political and financial circles. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as Candidate A. But it has been widely reported and it was …