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2008-06-19 12:00:30

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Hong Kong's Outward Processing Fall 2 Pct in Q1"] HONG KONG, June 19 (Xinhua) - Hong Kong's total exports to the Chinese mainland for outward processing dropped 2 per cent to 101.5bn HK dollars (about 13bn US dollars) in the first quarter of 2008 year on year, the Census and Statistics Department said here Thursday [19 June]. The value of domestic exports to the Chinese mainland for...

2006-07-20 05:40:20

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man set himself on fire in Beijing's central Tiananmen Square on Thursday to protest not being paid, Xinhua news agency said. The man was being treated in hospital. Tiananmen Square, the symbolic political heart of China and the site of the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy protesters, is a magnet for protest and security there is tight. Thursday's incident occurred at about 8.40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and the flames were soon extinguished, Xinhua said in a brief...

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...

2005-12-31 01:22:24

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has sacked or punished senior government officials in the country's affluent east over a pollution stand-off that turned violent, the official Xinhua News Agency said, as Beijing tries to get tough on industrial abuses. China -- which wants to portray an image of being responsive to growing peasant dissatisfaction -- has stepped up efforts to hold officials accountable for their slips-ups or misdeeds. Tang Yong, the former party secretary of Dongyang city...

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...

2005-12-22 03:57:26

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Communist leaders criticised Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday for blocking an election reform package that the government argued would have made the territory more democratic. Analysts said the rejection of the reforms late on Wednesday would slow the political reform process, hurt whatever goodwill had sprouted between the government and the democrats and sow political confusion -- at least in the short term. But some...

2005-12-21 22:05:55

By Brian Rhoads BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticized Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday for blocking a controversial election reform package, saying it ran counter to public opinion and the desires of the Chinese central leadership. The pro-democracy lawmakers voted down the controversial package on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the city's leader, Donald Tsang, who argued that it was a major step toward democracy. A Chinese cabinet office spokesman said China and Hong...

2005-12-21 21:09:54

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday criticized Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers for blocking a controversial election reform package, saying it was unwilling to see a result that ran counter to public opinion. The pro-democracy lawmakers voted down the controversial election reform package on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the city's leader, Donald Tsang, who argued that the package was a major step toward democracy. A Chinese cabinet office spokesman said China and Hong Kong's...

2005-12-08 01:36:28

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - When global trade leaders converge on Hong Kong next week for a World Trade Organization meeting, some 10,000 anti-globalization protesters are expected to be waiting for them to try to press home their demands. The host city, whose fortunes were built on free trade, is mounting its biggest security operation ever to avert violence like that which marred past conferences in Seattle and Cancun. Hong Kong, one of the world's leading financial...


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