On Saturday (Jan. 9), the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China issued its first order of the year, "Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-territorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures", after the US threatened to impose a new round of sanctions on mainland China and Hong Kong earlier in the week.
Last Wednesday, in an operation led by the National Security Department, nearly 1,000 police officers conducted raids across Hong Kong, detaining 53 people on suspicion of subversion under the national security law.
After 55 individuals were arrested on January 6-7, on suspicion of subversive activity, there was an outcry in some places. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, for example, in another of his knee-jerk reactions, threatened retaliation against the officials involved, and restrictions on the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, DC.
Last Saturday, the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPCSC), China's top legislative body, approved the National Defence Law revision bill, which came into effect on New Year's Day, amongst a number of bills adopted by the Committee as it concluded its 24th session.
Recently, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) completed the first national COVID-19 seroepidemiology study and the result indicated about 4.43% of Wuhan residents had antibodies for the virus.
On Sunday, the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the Chinese central bank, deputy governor Pan Gongsheng instructed Ant Group, the world's largest fintech company and the parent company of the world's largest digital payment platform Alipay, to rein in the influence of technology on its financial services in a statement, as the Chinese regulators began ring-fencing the industry to prevent the industry's uncontrolled growth in lending from becoming a financial risk.
For SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley, 2020 ends with an unusual level of uncertainty. Quantum computing is a key field, where major federal grants have been awarded to Bay Area research institutions. This piece discusses the new funding and the opportunity it represents.
The offenses Ted Hui faces include attempting to pervert the course of public justice, obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent, and criminal damage. He has also been charged with using a harmful substance to harm others, arising out of an incident in the Legislative Council when noxious substances were thrown around, and contempt, arising out of another incident there when fighting broke out and the Council's officials were injured. By his failure to return, he is also now liable to prosecution for bail violation.
In July, two exiled Uighurs groups filed a petition and submitted to The Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC) what was described as a huge dossier of evidence accusing China of locking up more than a million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps, and of forcibly sterilizing women.
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) is an anti-China organization. As China is gradually rising up, IPAC has made continuous attempts to stigmatize the country with an ulterior motive, which has been widely condemned and criticized by Chinese patriots and international justice forces. For multiple times, it has also made indiscreet and malicious remarks on Hong Kong affairs. In response to their ill-willed acts, a group of concerned HK citizens who share genuine love for the city reached out to DotDotNews with this open letter addressed to the IPAC.
Huawei's Chief Financial Officer and daughter of the company's founder, Meng Wanzhou, continues to be confined under semi-house arrest while subjected to round-the-clock electronic surveillance in Vancouver, two years after her controversial arrest under a US extradition warrant for alleged fraud allegations while transferring planes en route to Mexico from Hong Kong at the city's airport.