Chinese Premier says Beijing supports Hong Kong government to end violence and chaos

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2019   •   1250

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (September 6) that the Chinese government unswervingly safeguards ‘one country, two systems’ and ‘Hong Kong people govern Hong Kong people’.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel raised Hong Kong with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Friday, saying a peaceful solution is needed.

Li said Beijing supported the Hong Kong government “to end the violence and chaos in accordance with the law, to return to order, which is to safeguard Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability.”

The extradition bill, which would have allowed people in the former British colony to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, triggered mass protests that have since widened into a backlash against the Hong Kong government and its political masters in Beijing.

Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport, after embattled leader Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill failed to appease some activists. (REUTERS)

Hong Kong leader says security laws will not affect city’s rights and freedoms

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (May 26) that Beijing’s proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.

Beijing unveiled plans last week for national security legislation for Hong Kong that aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.

Thousands poured onto the street of Hong Kong on Sunday (May 24) in a mass protest against the planned new security laws.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested almost 200 people.

More protests are expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday (May 27). (Reuters)

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China says immediate probe into COVID-19 origin “premature”

UNTV News   •   May 18, 2020

China’s foreign ministry said on Monday it is “premature” to immediately launch an investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 300,000 people globally.

Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the “majority of countries” in the world believe the pandemic is not yet over.

The European Union and Australia are pushing a resolution calling for a review into the origins and spread of the novel coronavirus at the World Health Assembly.

The resolution will be put forward on Tuesday (May 19) if it gains backing from two-thirds of the 194 members of the assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization. (Reuters)

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China says it is not yet the time to relax coronavirus measures

UNTV News   •   May 12, 2020

China’s health authority said on Tuesday (May 12) that the reappearance of local clusters of coronavirus cases in recent days suggests that counter-epidemic measures cannot be relaxed yet.

While prevention and control efforts have normalised, that does not mean measures can be eased, Mi Feng, spokesman at the National Health Commission, said at a media briefing.

Wuhan on Monday (May 11) reported its first cluster of coronavirus infections since a lockdown on the city, the original epicentre of the outbreak in China, was lifted a month ago.

Chinese authorities also warned on Monday of what could be the beginning of a new wave of coronavirus cases in northeast China, with one city in Jilin province being reclassified as high-risk, the top of a three-tier zoning system.

The city of Shulan has increased virus-control measures, including a lockdown of residential compounds for its 600,000 or so residents. Local middle and high schools that had reopened to graduating students, were shut again, and all students are taking classes online, state broadcaster CCTV reported. (Reuters)

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