China has accused Britain of sheltering “wanted criminals” after prominent Hong Kong activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.
Convicted opposition activists include media tycoon and founder of the Apple Daily tabloid Jimmy Lai, as well as 82-year-old Martin Lee, a veteran of the city’s anti-Beijing movement.
The reforms are the most dramatic overhaul since the city-state was handed back to China by UK in 1997
China has launched a PR war with the help of celebrities who are breaking up with Western brands such as Nike, Burberry and H&M over their comments on labour conditions in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Markets get mixed message from the data out of China, which has led the global recovery, reopening earlier than other countries from coronavirus shutdowns that emerged in the central city of Wuhan in early 2020.
Meanwhile, 21 Hong Kong activists will remain in custody after a court rejected requests by some for bail and others withdrew their applications in a widely monitored case on charges of attempts to subvert government.
China's parliament votes to change Hong Kong's electoral system, including plans to grant Beijing veto powers over lawmaker candidates, reducing the number elected by the public.
China's parliament is considering changes to Hong Kong's electoral committee, which selects the city's leader, as well as giving it new powers to nominate and elect candidates to the city's legislature, a senior parliament official says.
At least 47 activists are accused of organising and participating in an unofficial primary poll in 2020 to select the strongest candidates for a legislative council election that authorities say was part of a plan to “overthrow” the government.
Police detained 47 anti-Beijing activists on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion under the city's national security law, in the largest mass charge against the opposition camp since China's law came into effect last June.
The coronavirus has killed over 2.52 million people and infected more than 113.9 million globally. Here are the virus-related developments for February 27:
The scheme allows those with "British National (Overseas)" status to live, study and work in Britain for five years and eventually apply for citizenship.
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