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Lam says govt to set up platform for talks with HK people

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30375029

Lam says govt to set up platform for talks with HK people

Aug 20. 2019
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor meets the press ahead of an Executive Council meeting in Hong Kong on Aug 20, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor meets the press ahead of an Executive Council meeting in Hong Kong on Aug 20, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
By China Daily
Asia News Network

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday her government would immediately set up a platform to hold dialogue with Hong Kong people of all backgrounds.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday’s customary Executive Council meeting, Lam said she hoped a non-violent weekend assembly that saw tens of thousands take part, indicated peace was returning to the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

Sunday’s protest was the calmest since latest demonstrations against a now-shelved extradition bill escalated in mid-June.

“All my principal officials and I are committed to listening to what the people have to tell us,” she said.

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DPP warned against sheltering violent HK activists in Taiwan

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30375001

DPP warned against sheltering violent HK activists in Taiwan

Aug 19. 2019
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, June 24, 2015. (CHEN YEHUA / XINHUA)

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, June 24, 2015. (CHEN YEHUA / XINHUA)
By China Daily
Asia News Network

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Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Monday warned the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan to stop providing shelter for Hong Kong violent activists fleeing arrest.

Ignoring facts, DPP authorities are covering up the crimes of some violent activists in Hong Kong and emboldening them to harm Hong Kong, he said.

“They are also openly claiming to provide shelter to the criminals and make Taiwan a ‘safe haven’ for them. How about the safety and well-being of Taiwan residents?” he said, adding that no one has the right to be above the law.

Ma warned the DPP authorities to stop undermining the rule of law in Hong Kong, interfering in Hong Kong affairs and conniving with criminals in any way.

Shenzhen to be socialism’s key pilot zone; HK, Macao set to gain

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Shenzhen to be socialism’s key pilot zone; HK, Macao set to gain

Aug 19. 2019
This undated photo shows an aerial view of Shenzhen. (PHOTO / VCG VIA CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

This undated photo shows an aerial view of Shenzhen. (PHOTO / VCG VIA CHINADAILY.COM.CN)
By China Daily
Asia News Network

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China will support Shenzhen, adjacent to Hong Kong, in building a demonstration pilot zone for socialism with Chinese characteristics, under a guideline issued on Sunday by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

It will help better develop the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and enrich the practice of the “one country, two systems” principle, according to the guideline, adding that it will be a good way to explore a new path in building a great modern socialist country in an all-around way and providing strong support for realizing the Chinese dream of great national rejuvenation.

By 2035, Shenzhen will become a national model of high-quality development and a globally recognized center of innovation and entrepreneurship

According to the guideline, Shenzhen by 2025 will rank among the top cities in the world in economic strength and quality of development, with intensive research and development investment and world-class industrial innovation capacity.

It will be built into a modern, international and innovative city by then, with its cultural power greatly enhanced and its public service level and ecological environment quality reaching an international advanced level, according to the guideline.

By 2035, Shenzhen will become a national model of high-quality development and a globally recognized center of innovation and entrepreneurship. It will become an example for China to build itself into a powerful modern socialist country, according to the guideline.

By mid-century, Shenzhen will become a global benchmark city in its competitiveness, innovation and outstanding influence, it added.

 

According to the document, the central government will support Shenzhen in implementing a more open and convenient system for the introduction of foreign talent and allow international contributors with permanent residence to set up scientific and technological enterprises in Shenzhen and serve as legal representatives.

Shenzhen will also continue to open up to Hong Kong and Macao. The country will explore the model of collaborative development by the cities and facilitate the efficient flow of personnel, capital, technology and information, it said.

The central government will encourage Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao to jointly hold cultural and artistic activities to better preserve their cultural heritage and strengthen the sense of identity of compatriots.

The guideline was reviewed and passed in the ninth meeting of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform on July 24.

Since the start of reform and opening-up, Shenzhen has grown from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis, with its gross domestic product surging from less than 200 million yuan (US$28.4million) in 1980 to 2.4 trillion yuan in 2018, surpassing its neighbor Hong Kong, according to official data.

 

(GRAPHIC DESIGN BY ALEX TANG / CHINA DAILY)

(GRAPHIC DESIGN BY ALEX TANG / CHINA DAILY)

With a population of 12 million people, the southern city is known for its strong innovation capabilities. It is home to more than 14,000 national high-tech enterprises and technology giants, including Huawei and Tencent.

Wang Xiaoguang, a professor of economics at the National Academy of Governance, said in an article published on Aug 3 in the Outlook Weekly, a magazine affiliated with Xinhua News Agency, that many precedents of China’s reform and opening-up originated in Shenzhen.

It has accumulated valuable experience for China’s reform and opening-up and modern construction, and has made significant contributions to exploring the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, Wang said.

The essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics is the leadership of the Party, which plays a central role in coordinating the overall situation, he said, citing Shenzhen as a good example of handling the relationship between market and government since China’s reform and opening-up began.

Sales of new energy vehicles surpass 1m globally

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374966

Sales of new energy vehicles surpass 1m globally

Aug 19. 2019
Tesla’s Model X  (Photo: China Daily)

Tesla’s Model X (Photo: China Daily)
By CHINA DAILY
ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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The global sales volume of new energy vehicles reached 1.12 million in the first half of 2019, up 47.4 per cent year-on-year, according to EVSales, a US website that tracks sales of new energy vehicles.

According to the website, Tesla took the first spot with sales volume of 160,000, accounting for 14 per cent of the total global volume. Chinese carmakers BYD, BJEV and SAIC ranked the second, third and fourth, respectively, with total sale volume of 270,000, accounting for one-quarter of global volume in the first half of 2019. The Geely Automobile Group took the seventh rank with sales volume of 47,000 and the JAC Motors ranked 10 with sales volume of 32,000.

With respect to specific models, Tesla’s Model 3 sold 127,000 in the first half of the year, comfortably taking first place, followed by BJEV’s EU series with sales volume of 50,000 and BYD’s Yuan, 43,400.

According to the statistics, sales of new energy vehicles grabbed 2.4 per cent of the total auto sales around the world, rising by 0.8 per cent year-on-year. Analysts say the sales of new energy cars still have room to grow against the background of a declining automobile market.

Indonesia’s digital economy to double in value by 2024, says study

Published August 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374943

Indonesia’s digital economy to double in value by 2024, says study

Aug 18. 2019
Entrepreneurs work digitally at the EV-Hive co-working space on Sept. 12, 2017 in Jakarta. A recent study has projected that Indonesia's digital economy will double in value by 2024. (Agence France -Presse/Goh Chai Hin)

Entrepreneurs work digitally at the EV-Hive co-working space on Sept. 12, 2017 in Jakarta. A recent study has projected that Indonesia’s digital economy will double in value by 2024. (Agence France -Presse/Goh Chai Hin)
By The Jarkata Post
Asia News Network

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Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to almost double in value from Rp 814 trillion last year to Rp 1.447 quadrillion (US$101 billion) by 2024, a recent study says.

The joint study by the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) and non-profit research foundation Laboratorium Data Persada has found that the digital economy generated added value to several sectors, including manufacturing, trade and transportation, and communication.

“The manufacturing sector has benefited the most,” Indef research director Berly Martawardaya said on Wednesday, adding that the digital economy would create Rp 100 trillion value added in the manufacturing industry.

Berly said the government should ensure nationwide internet access in its efforts to spur growth in the digital economy, as well as work with businesspeople to develop digital skills development, logistics and financial access, among other things.

Mira Tayyiba, the economic relations expert staff to the Coordinating Economic Minister, who attended the discussion, said that the government had taken several measures to boost the digital economy, citing education programs and the Palapa Ring nationwide broadband network.

“The government is working together with businesses, such as marketplace, in upgrading local products through education programs,” said Mira. “Insya Allah [God willing], the Palapa Ring project will be completed this year,” she added. (awa)

A city that people leave

Published August 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374930

A city that people leave

Aug 18. 2019
Cosmopolitan heritage: Hussein, a 63-year-old local man who manages the Surtee Sunni Jamae Mosque, a pride of the Surti Muslim community.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/ceritalah/2019/08/18/a-city-that-people-leave#VF4t2UtmIC83wLzh.99

Cosmopolitan heritage: Hussein, a 63-year-old local man who manages the Surtee Sunni Jamae Mosque, a pride of the Surti Muslim community. Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/ceritalah/2019/08/18/a-city-that-people-leave#VF4t2UtmIC83wLzh.99
By The Star/Asia News Network

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It’s estimated that some 10-12% of Myanmar’s population live or work overseas – a statistic comparable with the Philippines. MAWLAMYINE (or Moulmein) is one of those Southeast Asian cities like Sandakan, Bacolod and Songkhla; where the past looms large but the present seems faded and unpromising. The kinds of places that young people yearn to leave in search of jobs and money.

 

The capital of the three million-strong Mon State and having a population of just under 300, 000, the city has a slightly forlorn, neglected air. After all, its glory years were well over one-and-a-half centuries ago, between 1826 and 1852.

Back then, the British transformed a sleepy port city at the confluence of the Salween, Ataran and Gyaing Rivers into the capital of their Burmese possessions on the Tenasserim coast.

Orwell (back row, third from left), who was a colonial police officer in Mawlamyine, wrote ‘Burmese Days’ that captures the hypocrisy, racism and violence of the era.

Orwell (back row, third from left), who was a colonial police officer in Mawlamyine, wrote ‘Burmese Days’ that captures the hypocrisy, racism and violence of the era.

Present-day Mawlamyine is a six-hour overland journey from Yangon. It used to be a much more arduous trip, but improvements in the national highways and several new bridges have brought the two closer.

However, that hasn’t led to a significant increase in industries or jobs. Instead, it seems to have made it easier for people to leave.

Moreover, with the main border crossing at Mae Sot just four hours to the east (along a recently upgraded highway); Thailand, with its higher pay (reportedly some

USD8-10 per day, more than double anything available in Myanmar) has become even more accessible.

The iconic Kyaikthanlan Pagoda reportedly inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Mandalay’ poem.

The iconic Kyaikthanlan Pagoda reportedly inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Mandalay’ poem.

Given the proximity, perhaps it’s unsurprising that almost everyone Team Ceritalah met talked wistfully of the opportunities abroad. Indeed, it’s estimated that some 10-12% of Myanmar’s population live or work overseas – a statistic comparable with the Philippines.

The Mon State is Myanmar’s largest rubber producing state. Back in the boom days, this would have been a major source of income. However, with global prices languishing, the commodity has been anything but lucrative – even for the many traders who work to supply the vast Chinese market to the north.

The picturesque port was similarly sleepy. There was only one ship docked at the jetty for the duration of the Team Ceritalah trip. It’s hard to imagine that the city used to be such an important regional hub, not to mention a major shipbuilding centre drawing on the ample supplies of teak hardwood from the upper reaches of the Salween.

 

A young ferryman on the Attaran. Better roads have made Mawlamyine a city that many young people leave for better opportunities. — Photos by Team Ceritalah

A young ferryman on the Attaran. Better roads have made Mawlamyine a city that many young people leave for better opportunities. — Photos by Team Ceritalah

Burma was one of the wealthiest and most profitable of Britannia’s colonies. Rich in natural resources, Rangoon (now Yangon) rivalled the Empire’s greatest ports, from Bombay to Singapore and Liverpool.

However, the British weren’t a benign presence.

They were ruthless colonisers – destroying the indigenous elite, logging thousands of acres of virgin jungle and opening vast rice fields that were tended to by immigrant labour from India: especially Bengalis and Tamils. Contemporary Myanmar, its paranoia and pathology, must be read in the context of its turbulent and bloody past.

 

The First Baptist Church, its grey walls peeled and blackened with age, still serves congregations whose ancestors were converted by Victorian missionaries.

The First Baptist Church, its grey walls peeled and blackened with age, still serves congregations whose ancestors were converted by Victorian missionaries.

One of the most scathing indictments of the British was written by a Mawlamyine resident, Eric Blair (better known as George Orwell) a colonial police officer whose novel Burmese Days captures the hypocrisy, racism and violence of the era.

And yet, it’s the vestiges of the colonial times that remain intriguing. In an overwhelmingly Buddhist polity, there are traces of a more cosmopolitan past with Anglican, Catholic and Baptist churches, as well as a handful of mosques.

Joseph’s family first established themselves in the Ayeyarwady Region after the First Anglo-Burmese War, one of the many Catholic Tamils from southern India to do so in that period.

Joseph’s family first established themselves in the Ayeyarwady Region after the First Anglo-Burmese War, one of the many Catholic Tamils from southern India to do so in that period.

St Patrick’s Catholic Church, with its 19th Century bells intact, and the First Baptist Church, its grey walls peeled and blackened with age, still serve congregations whose ancestors were converted by Victorian missionaries.

“The history of this church is very important to me, ” said Joseph, a priest-in-training at St Patrick’s.

Joseph’s family first established themselves in the Ayeyarwady Region after the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826), one of the many Catholic Tamils from southern India to do so in that period. The community now stands at 50, 000, a drop in Myanmar’s melting pot of 53.5 million.

 

Improvements in the national highways and several new bridges have brought Yangon and Mawlamyine closer.

Improvements in the national highways and several new bridges have brought Yangon and Mawlamyine closer.

Further north of the church, Team Ceritalah met Hussein, a 63-year-old local man who manages the Surtee Sunni Jamae Mosque. He said with pride that the Surti Muslim community, originally from Gujarat, has owned the mosque since 1846, when it was built by the British for its Muslim civil servants ferried across the Bay of Bengal.

His own grandfather came from what is now Pakistan – this gives him a sense of attachment to the mosque, seeing it as linked to his family’s story.

There’s so much more to the city than just the iconic Kyaikthanlan Pagoda – which reportedly inspired Rudyard Kipling’s “Mandalay” poem – but virtually no promotion of its rich history.

The First Baptist Church had around 50 young members just two years ago but has since lost most of them to greener pastures in Yangon, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, or the US. Only about 15 remain.

Still – and perhaps ironically given their migrant backgrounds – Hussein and Joseph are anchored to the city.

“I want to stay here and take care of the church, ” Joseph said, standing sentinel-like at its warm green, open doors.

“People come here to find God and look at this old building. They should know its history. I want to take care of it and tell people about its story and culture.”

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/ceritalah/2019/08/18/a-city-that-people-leave#VF4t2UtmIC83wLzh.99

S. Korea voices willingness to talk with Japan over its ‘whitelist’ move

Published August 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374924

S. Korea voices willingness to talk with Japan over its ‘whitelist’ move

Aug 18. 2019
This photo, taken on Aug. 12, 2019, shows Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo speaking at a press briefing in the administrative city of Sejong over South Korea`s move to remove Japan from its list of trusted trading partners. (Yonhap)

This photo, taken on Aug. 12, 2019, shows Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo speaking at a press briefing in the administrative city of Sejong over South Korea`s move to remove Japan from its list of trusted trading partners. (Yonhap)
By The Korea Herald /Asia News Network

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South Korea has notified Japan in advance of its plan to remove Tokyo from its list of trusted trading partners and is willing to talk with Japan further if needed, the trade minister said Saturday.

South Korea decided on Monday to remove Japan from its “whitelist” of countries that receive preferential trade status amid a bilateral trade row sparked by Tokyo’s July export curbs against Seoul and its subsequent removal of the South from a list of trusted buyers.

“The government had notified Japan of its ‘whitelist’ move in advance and explained to Tokyo major details and procedures related to the measure,” Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo wrote on his Facebook page.

“If additional explanation is needed, we could proceed with it by the way that Japan wants — whatever it is, consultation or explanation,” he said

In July, Japan imposed restrictions on exports of three key high-tech materials to South Korea following last year’s Korean court rulings over compensation related to Japan’s wartime forced labor.

Earlier this month, Japan promulgated a move to strip South Korea of its list of countries subject to preferential trade treatment. The move is set to come into effect in late August.

Early this week, South Korea announced its plan to reorganize its export list into three groups of trading partners from the current two, placing Tokyo in the newly established bracket for stricter export control. (Yonhap)

http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190817000030

Over 50,000 landline phones operational in Kashmir, 2G mobile internet back in 5 Jammu districts

Published August 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374923

Over 50,000 landline phones operational in Kashmir, 2G mobile internet back in 5 Jammu districts

Aug 18. 2019
By The Statesman/Asia News Network

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As part of gradual easing of restrictions in a phased manner, more than 50,000 landline phones were made operational on Saturday after services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored after a period of about 12 days.

Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport of Srinagar district, officials said.

The officials said 20 more exchanges will be operationalised soon.

Jammu and Kashmir was put under virtual curfew on 5 August when the Modi government scrapped the Article 370 and split the state into two union territories.

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/50000-landline-phones-operational-kashmir-2g-mobile-internet-5-jammu-districts-1502789395.html

OIC asks India to immediately lift Kashmir curfew

Published August 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374922

OIC asks India to immediately lift Kashmir curfew

Aug 18. 2019
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By Dawn/Asia News Network

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ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has asked India to immediately lift the 12-day curfew in occupied Kashmir that has paralysed life across the valley.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi revealed the OIC decision in a video message. “It is another diplomatic achievement for Pakistan that the OIC has demanded that India immediately lift curfew from occupied Kashmir,” he said.

Mr Qureshi said he had engaged OIC members in the recent past and participated in a meeting of the organisation in Jeddah and discussed the issue with them. “As a result, the OIC also issued a press statement,” he added.

He said the people of occupied Kashmir were facing the shortage of food and medicines and unable to reach hospitals due to curfew. “The demand for lifting the curfew is not coming from Pakistan, but from the entire Muslim world,” he said, hoping that the United Nations Security Council will also pay attention to the voice raised by the OIC.

The OIC General Secretariat has learnt with concern the reports of curtailment of religious freedoms of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, including complete lockdown even on the auspicious occasion of Eid, denying congregations and preventing Muslims from observing their religious rituals.

Denial of religious rights constitutes a serious violation of the international human rights law and is an affront to Muslims across the world. Therefore, the OIC has urged the Indian authorities to ensure protection of the rights of Kashmiri Muslims and the exercise of their religious rights without any hindrance.

The OIC has also called upon the international community, including the United Nations and other relevant bodies, to expedite efforts for a negotiated settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

On Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned US President Donald Trump and discussed with the latter the ongoing tension between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan had observed a black day on India’s independence day on Aug 15 and protest rallies were held across the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir condemning the Indian aggression and tyranny in the held valley.

Prime Minister Khan also contacted different world leaders and apprised them of India’s recent actions, including revocation of Article 370 of its constitution that changed the status of occupied Kashmir.

Earlier, in his tweets, Mr Khan urged the nation to remain united on the issue of Kashmir, saying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime would fail to achieve its nefarious designs in the occupied valley.

“The fascist, Hindu supremacist Modi government should know that while armies, militant and terrorists can be defeated by superior forces; history tells us that when a nation unites in a freedom struggle and does not fear death, no force can stop it from achieving its goal,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, he said: “That is why Hindutva exclusivist creed of the Modi-led government with its fascist tactics in IOK will fail miserably in its attempt to smother the Kashmiri liberation struggle.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1499965/oic-asks-india-to-immediately-lift-kashmir-curfew

Hong Kong enjoys rare calm as protests go without clashes

Published August 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/ann/30374921

Hong Kong enjoys rare calm as protests go without clashes

Aug 18. 2019
Thousands gather at Chater Park in downtown Hong Kong for a rally calling on the US and the UK to impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials who they said have suppressed rights and freedoms in the territory.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG

Thousands gather at Chater Park in downtown Hong Kong for a rally calling on the US and the UK to impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials who they said have suppressed rights and freedoms in the territory.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG
By The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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It is a far cry from recent weeks marked by tear gas and violence

Hong Kong enjoyed a brief respite yesterday, as demonstrations that kicked off an eleventh consecutive weekend of protests were free of violent clashes that have taken a toll on the Chinese city’s economy and drew China’s military presence across the border.

A march in the Kowloon neighbourhood of Hung Hom in the afternoon saw some demonstrators deviate from the approved route, but most cleared out by 8pm with plans to gather for another rally today at Victoria Park.

The majority of Hong Kong enjoyed a brief respite yesterday, as demonstrations that kicked off an eleventh consecutive weekend of protests were free of violent clashes that have taken a toll on the Chinese city’s economy and drew China’s military presence across the border.

A march in the Kowloon neighbourhood of Hung Hom in the afternoon saw some demonstrators deviate from the approved route, but most cleared out by 8pm with plans to gather for another rally today at Victoria Park.

The majority of rallygoers, who numbered in the thousands, stopped at the approved end point at Whampoa MTR station.

“Today has been peaceful so far because there’s been minimal police presence,” said architect Vincent Choi. “I think whenever there are police, people will stay around as there’s safety in numbers.”

But dozens of more radical demonstrators broke off from the main group and headed towards To Kwa Wan, where they threw eggs and spray painted the walls of the workers’ club of pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions (FTU).

These protesters lined up pineapples at the entrance of the club in a reference to the FTU’s links to the 1967 leftist riots in which bombs, known locally as pineapples, were thrown by rioters.

Another group veered off to Hok Yuen Street and threw eggs at the office of pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmakers Starry Lee and Ann Chiang, while others continued on to Mong Kok, where they briefly surrounded the Mong Kok police station, which put up netting to prevent objects from getting tossed in.

The FTU condemned the radical demonstrators in a statement that expressed “our outrage and strong condemnation of the protesters affecting the normal operation of the club”.

Police said in a statement shortly after 7pm that a large group of protesters had surrounded the station, “aiming laser beams at police officers and hurled miscellaneous objects, posing a serious threat to the safety of police officers at scene”.

Unlike past weekends where marches that started out peacefully descended into violence after protesters massed and attempted to barricade roads – prompting police to respond with tear gas and rubber bullets – black-clad protesters scattered last night without engaging riot police, who also pulled back soon after.

But the simmering tensions forced roughly nine in 10 shops along the Mong Kok stretch of Nathan Road to close early.

Ms Lily Hui, 45, a money changer on Shantung Street, who said business fell by two-thirds yesterday, blamed protesters for driving away tourists. A stallholder at nearby Ladies Market who gave his name as Mr Xie said there was about half as much traffic in the evening than most Saturdays.

A number of other peaceful rallies, including one that supported the Hong Kong government at Tamar Park in Admiralty, took place earlier yesterday.

But observers believe it is too early to say that the protests have calmed after crippling the airport last week and disrupting businesses.

“But I would not be surprised if the clashes become less frequent,” said Associate Professor Dixon Sing of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, with protesters more wary of police tactics and wanting to minimise flare-ups.

“The police have sent undercover cops to infiltrate the front-line protesters,” he pointed out.

The protests were triggered by a now-suspended extradition Bill which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives, including dissidents, to China and other jurisdictions.

Last week, images showed what appeared to be armoured personnel carriers and supply trucksparked in a sports stadium in Shenzhen city neighbouring Hong Kong after Beijing said the protests were beginning to show the “sprouts of terrorism”, though state media said it was a military exercise unrelated to the unrest.

Yesterday morning, heavy showers did not stop thousands of teachers and students from showing up for a march that called for the Hong Kong government to address protesters’ demands, including the full withdrawal of the Bill, an independent probe into allegations of police brutality and for more democracy in the territory.

Some Hong Kongers said they hoped but were unsure if the peace would hold on the streets.

Police have allowed a major rally at Victoria Park today but rejected a plan for a march from the park to Chater Garden in Central.

, who numbered in the thousands, stopped at the approved end point at Whampoa MTR station.

“Today has been peaceful so far because there’s been minimal police presence,” said architect Vincent Choi. “I think whenever there are police, people will stay around as there’s safety in numbers.”

But dozens of more radical demonstrators broke off from the main group and headed towards To Kwa Wan, where they threw eggs and spray painted the walls of the workers’ club of pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions (FTU).

These protesters lined up pineapples at the entrance of the club in a reference to the FTU’s links to the 1967 leftist riots in which bombs, known locally as pineapples, were thrown by rioters.

Another group veered off to Hok Yuen Street and threw eggs at the office of pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmakers Starry Lee and Ann Chiang, while others continued on to Mong Kok, where they briefly surrounded the Mong Kok police station, which put up netting to prevent objects from getting tossed in.

The FTU condemned the radical demonstrators in a statement that expressed “our outrage and strong condemnation of the protesters affecting the normal operation of the club”.

Police said in a statement shortly after 7pm that a large group of protesters had surrounded the station, “aiming laser beams at police officers and hurled miscellaneous objects, posing a serious threat to the safety of police officers at scene”.

Unlike past weekends where marches that started out peacefully descended into violence after protesters massed and attempted to barricade roads – prompting police to respond with tear gas and rubber bullets – black-clad protesters scattered last night without engaging riot police, who also pulled back soon after.

But the simmering tensions forced roughly nine in 10 shops along the Mong Kok stretch of Nathan Road to close early.

Ms Lily Hui, 45, a money changer on Shantung Street, who said business fell by two-thirds yesterday, blamed protesters for driving away tourists. A stallholder at nearby Ladies Market who gave his name as Mr Xie said there was about half as much traffic in the evening than most Saturdays.

A number of other peaceful rallies, including one that supported the Hong Kong government at Tamar Park in Admiralty, took place earlier yesterday.

But observers believe it is too early to say that the protests have calmed after crippling the airport last week and disrupting businesses.

“But I would not be surprised if the clashes become less frequent,” said Associate Professor Dixon Sing of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, with protesters more wary of police tactics and wanting to minimise flare-ups.

“The police have sent undercover cops to infiltrate the front-line protesters,” he pointed out.

The protests were triggered by a now-suspended extradition Bill which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives, including dissidents, to China and other jurisdictions.

Last week, images showed what appeared to be armoured personnel carriers and supply trucksparked in a sports stadium in Shenzhen city neighbouring Hong Kong after Beijing said the protests were beginning to show the “sprouts of terrorism”, though state media said it was a military exercise unrelated to the unrest.

Yesterday morning, heavy showers did not stop thousands of teachers and students from showing up for a march that called for the Hong Kong government to address protesters’ demands, including the full withdrawal of the Bill, an independent probe into allegations of police brutality and for more democracy in the territory.

Some Hong Kongers said they hoped but were unsure if the peace would hold on the streets.

Police have allowed a major rally at Victoria Park today but rejected a plan for a march from the park to Chater Garden in Central.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/hk-enjoys-rare-calm-as-protests-go-without-clashes

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