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2009-04-21 18:33:51

A top-level Chinese government adviser Tuesday suggested the United States should be wary of invoking a carbon border tax. Tung Chee-hwa, vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told an audience at New York University a bill now before the U.S. Congress smells of protectionism, The Financial Times reported. He warned it could lead to retaliation from developing countries, the British business newspaper said. Tung said if the program moves forward it could be...

2006-07-01 06:43:45

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in central Hong Kong to demand full democracy on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule. Police estimate 19,000 people started the march, but the crowd grew as the demonstrators moved through the city chanting slogans and blowing whistles. Earlier in the day, thousands took part in a parade organized by the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions. Police said 40,000...

2006-06-30 22:53:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people were expected to turn out for a democracy march in Hong Kong on Saturday marking the ninth anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule. Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists have made a publicity push in the past week to convince people to attend, and the Apple Daily newspaper estimated on Saturday that as many as 50,000 people could join the protest, an annual event in the city of nearly 7 million people. In a move...

2006-06-29 05:32:04

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's July 1 democracy march could attract bigger than expected crowds this year after one of the territory's best known and respected political figures emerged from retirement to back the protest. In peak years, as many as half a million people have attended the event that marks the anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule, but their number dwindled to some 45,000 last year after unpopular leader Tung Chee-hwa was removed from...

2005-12-27 07:45:29

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao gave no hint on a timetable for universal suffrage for Hong Kong on Tuesday and said any change must be gradual, a week after lawmakers there rejected Beijing-backed election reforms. During talks in Beijing, Hu underscored China's support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, and said the purpose of the financial hub's 'one country, two systems' model was to let the city's people rule themselves. "But just as in...

2005-12-07 06:35:49

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing is likely to hint at the possibility of giving full democracy to Hong Kong by 2017 to win over pro-democracy lawmakers opposed to the city government's election reform proposals, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. China, however, quickly denied the report. Citing an unidentified source close to Beijing, the South China Morning Post said the hint would be delivered by a Chinese state leader in a vaguely worded statement. "The central government may hint...

2005-12-05 06:32:16

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang's firm stance in the face of a massive protest march on Sunday has set the scene for a showdown with pro-democracy legislators over an unpopular election reform package, analysts said on Monday. They said the protesters, numbered at a quarter of a million by organisers and 63,000 by police, sent a clear message to Tsang and his Communist Party bosses in Beijing about the desire for democracy in Hong Kong. "This is...

2005-12-04 08:57:53

By John Ruwitch and Wendy Lim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday demanding a timeframe for direct elections, but the city's Beijing-anointed leader stood firm on reforms that his critics say are inadequate. With organizers putting the number of protesters at quarter of a million, the march could irritate China's Communist Party leaders and embarrass Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang. Police said the five-hour march drew 63,000 protesters,...

2005-12-04 05:40:00

By John Ruwitch and Wendy Lim HONG KONG -- Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday for the right to directly elect their political leaders and to protest against a package of electoral reforms pushed by the city's chief executive and Beijing. The turnout of about 60,000 people wearing "Hong Kong loves democracy" stickers was a far cry from July 2003, when an economic slump and disaffection with Hong Kong's leaders drew half a million people to a pro-democracy march. But Sunday's...

2005-12-03 21:39:32

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are expected to march in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the territory's leaders and Beijing for pushing a package of unpopular election reforms. A large turnout could annoy China's Communist Party leaders and embarrass Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, who has refused to budge on his reform proposals or provide a timetable for universal suffrage for the former British colony. Half a million people attended a march on...