China says it will retaliate against U.S. actions on Hong Kong

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020   •   376

China said on Tuesday (June 30) it will take retaliatory measures in response to the United States’ decision to start eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law.

“Intimidation will never work on China. The U.S. wants to use these so-called sanctions to obstruct China’s legislation process to safeguard national security in Hong Kong. This attempt has no chance of success,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a daily news briefing.

Zhao did not specify which measures Beijing would take. The U.S. is halting defense exports and restricting Hong Kong’s access to high-technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation.

China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago. (Reuters)

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Hong Kong leader says not afraid of sanctions, no comment on security law

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam refused to respond to any queries on Hong Kong’s national security legislation on Tuesday (June 30) after local media, citing unidentified sources, said the law was passed unanimously by China’s top decision-making body.

The legislation pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the United States, Britain and other Western governments, which have said it erodes the high degree of autonomy the global financial hub was granted at its July 1, 1997 handover.

The United States began eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defence exports and restricting the territory’s access to high technology products.

“No sanctions will not scare us, we also are mentally prepared and, if necessary, the country will take responsive action. On foreign diplomacy, any actions taken by the central government, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s government will fully comply,” Carrie Lam told reporters at her weekly news conference.

A draft of the law has yet to be published. Beijing says the law, which comes in response to last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, aims to tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism, and collusion with foreign forces. (Reuters)

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Protests over Floyd’s death continue to rage across U.S.

UNTV News   •   June 3, 2020

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been deployed to patrol a dozen major U.S. states as of Tuesday amid the ongoing protests against racism and police violence over George Floyd’s death, which have sent shock waves through the country.

Eight days into the nationwide protests, incidents of arson, vandalism and looting happened in various places, along with civilian deaths and injuries of journalists related to alleged abusive use of force by the police.

According to U.S. officials with the Department of Defense, the national guard soldiers have been deployed in 29 states and would assist law enforcement officers in the face of riots.

As protests have spread to more than 140 cities across the United States, at least 40 of them have imposed curfews to curb acts of violence in extensive demonstrations against police brutality and racism, which usually erupted at night.

In D.C. on Monday evening, protesters gathered outside the White House, chanting “No justice, no peace.”

Due to the 17:10 curfew imposed in the capital, the number of protesters saw a drop compared to the previous days.

Pleading in vain for his life, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, was captured on video pinning Floyd down by his neck for eight minutes in Minneapolis.

All four police officers involved have been fired, and Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter

Protests erupted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the following day, and quickly spread across the United States. (Reuters)

Tornadoes kill at least 24 people in US state of Tennessee

UNTV News   •   March 5, 2020

The tornadoes have killed at least 24 people in the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Rescue personnel and volunteers are working hard to look for trapped people in some shattered communities of Tennessee after several tornadoes ripped the region on Tuesday.

“We brought our tractor from Silver Point and drove it down here and just wanted to come and help. This people go to school with my kids. So I felt it was something on my heart that said, ‘you need to go and volunteer’,” said Rachael Roberts, a rescue volunteer.

Apart from the 24 dead people, many more are missing and locals are still trying to assimilate what happened here. There is debris everywhere. Power lines are down, and schools remain closed.

“To be honest with you, it breaks my heart. You know, we’ve spent the last two days cleaning up a neighborhood that all of my friends, you know, I’ve spent many nights hanging out with my friends over here. Lost young ones, friends that we go to church with, have lost children, it’s hard. It’s hard,” said Brendan Johnson, another volunteer.

“These are friends, these are people that you see every day. These are people we go to church with. What do you do? You know, you come out here, you try to help,” he added. (REUTERS CONNECT)

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