Hundreds of office workers in Hong Kong’s business district gathered on Monday for the first in a week of lunchtime protests backing the pro-democracy movement after its resounding victory in district polls last month in the Chinese-ruled city.
Hong Kong is set to record its first budget deficit in 15 years, the city's finance chief warned Monday, as the business hub reels from the twin shocks of the trade war and seething democracy protests.
Hong Kong's vowed Monday to "listen humbly" to voters after the opposition camp scored a landslide victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months of violence.
Asian airlines are cautious about the outlook for 2020 after trade disputes undermined confidence and led to economic growth below initial forecasts this year, the head of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said on Monday.
China says the US is seeking to “destroy” Hong Kong by indulging “violent criminals” who have plunged the international financial hub into turmoil for the past six months, threatening Washington with retaliation.
The UN human rights office said on Tuesday that some Hong Kong demonstrators’ resorting to extreme violence, including against police, was “deeply regrettable and cannot be condoned”, voicing concern that the situation could deteriorate further.
China will not budge on opposing interference of “any” type in the internal affairs of Hong Kong by “some Western countries,” an apparent reference to the governments in Washington and London, a Chinese envoy has warned.
Hong Kong protesters defied a warning by China’s President Xi Jinping and again took to the city’s streets on Friday, as the political turmoil seeped out to London where a minister from the southern Chinese city was confronted by masked demonstrators.
Anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing school closures and blocking highways and other transport links to disrupt the financial hub amid a marked escalation of violence.