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Will Ballots or Bullets Decide Hong Kongs Upcoming Elections?

HONG KONGYou have bullets. I have the right to vote. Those were words found on banners and posters hoisted during peaceful demonstrations when one million, then two million people marched toward the government headquarters here in June. The message was simple: If youre fighting for democracy, dont forget to register to vote, and be sure to show up when its time. But before the ballots, the bullets have started flying. A trigger-happy and ill-trained police force is constantly itching for a skirmish, this week placing a shot point-blank into a…

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China Roundup: Xis power on bitcoin, the rise of Alibabas new rival

Welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of the latest events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. Alibaba’s nemesis Alibaba’s new rival is shaking up China’s internet landscape. This week, four-year-old e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo displaced JD.com to be the fourth-most valuable internet company in the country. Its market capitalization of $47.6 billion on Friday put it just behind e-commerce leader Alibaba, social networking behemoth Tencent and food delivery titan Meituan in China. Baidu, the search equivalent…

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Xi Jinping orders army to unswervingly follow Communist party leadership

Chinas president dons camouflage fatigues for hour-long parade marking 90th anniversary of Peoples Liberation Army Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has presided over a spectacular display of military and political might, ordering members of his 2.3 million-strong armed forces to unswervingly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist party of China. Xi donned camouflage fatigues for the hour-long Sunday morning parade, which marked the 90th anniversary of the creation of Chinas Peoples Liberation Army, on 1 August 1927. The procession took place at a sand-swept, 1,000 sq kilometre camp that state…

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Hong Kong vigil for Liu Xiaobo sends powerful message to Beijing

March is only large-scale commemoration for dissident in China, with Hong Kong maintaining freedoms non-existent elsewhere Thousands of mourners marched through the heart of Hong Kong in a candlelight vigil for Chinese Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, sending a powerful message to Beijing as it tries to erase his legacy. highly scripted ceremony tightly controlled by the Chinese government. The Hong Kong rally is the only large-scale commemoration for Liu on Chinese soil. The semi-autonomous city maintains a wide range of freedoms that are non-existent in mainland China, and…

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Death of Liu Xiaobo: activists scorn Trump for hailing ‘terrific’ Xi

The US presidents praise for Chinas leader was shameful coming after the death of the Nobel-winning political prisoner Human rights activists have poured scorn on Donald Trump for showering Chinas terrific president Xi Jinping with praise just hours after one of the worlds most famous political prisoners died in the custody of Chinese security services. Speaking in Paris shortly after it was announced that the democracy champion and Nobel laureate Trump replied: Hes a friend of mine. I have great respect for him a great leader. Hes a very talented…

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Security lockdown in Hong Kong as Xi Jinping marks anniversary of handover

About 11,000 officers will be deployed during Chinese presidents visit as areas of the city are made off limits to the public Swaths of Hong Kong have been placed under an unprecedented security lockdown as Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in the city to mark 20 years since the UK handed the city back to China. Mass protests are expected to greet Xi on the 1 July anniversary, an annual tradition amplified by his presence in the city. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker Nathan Law,…

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China’s ‘war on law’: victims’ wives tell US Congress of torture and trauma

Women whose husbands were targets of Communist party crackdown on human rights lawyers call for US sanctions The wives of some of the most prominent victims of a congressional hearing in Washington on Thursday, the women, whose husbands were among the key targets of a Communist party offensive against human rights lawyers, detailed the physical and psychological trauma inflicted by Chinas so-called war on law. Chen Guiqiu, at his recent trial Xie had been forced to refute a gross injustice, said her husband had suffered repeated spells of abuse, threats…

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World’s biggest building project aims to make China great again

The Belt and Road initiative could see hundreds of billions spent from Mongolia to Malaysia, Thailand to Turkmenistan and Indonesia to Iran When the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, unveiled what some call the most ambitious development plan in history, Zhou Jun decided almost immediately he should head for the hills. The 45-year-old entrepreneur packed his bags and set off for one of his countrys most staggeringly beautiful corners: a sleepy, high-altitude border outpost called Tashkurgan that – at almost 5,000km (3,100 miles) from Beijing – is the most westerly settlement…

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