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China says US has ‘evil intentions’ after YouTube channel of Hong Kong chief executive candidate shut down

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  • Google terminated the YouTube campaign channel of Beijing-backed Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee Ka-chiu in compliance with U.S. sanctions on Wednesday.
  • Lee was one of the Hong Kong and Chinese officials who were sanctioned by the U.S. in July 2020 after passing China’s national security law.
  • Lee’s U.S. assets are blocked, and American businesses are prohibited from conducting transactions with him as part of the sanction against him.
  • In a statement, Tam Yiu-chung, head of Lee’s campaign office, said the action was “very regrettable and completely unreasonable, but we think they can’t stop us from spreading our candidate’s message – our campaign’s message – to the public.”
  • Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin accused the U.S. of interfering with Hong Kong’s internal affairs on Thursday by “using different excuses and has evil intentions in destroying Hong Kong’s chief executive election,” adding that Google was complicit.
  • Lee, a police officer-turned-politician, is the only Beijing-backed chief executive candidate approved to run for the upcoming May 8 election. The last time a sole candidate ran for the position was during the 1997 handover.

China’s Foreign Ministry has called out the United States’ “hypocrisy and double standard” after Google took down a Beijing-backed Hong Kong chief executive candidate’s YouTube channel.

John Lee Ka-chiu’s campaign office was reportedly informed by Google about the removal of Lee’s YouTube campaign channel in compliance with U.S. sanctions on Wednesday.

Hong Kong actor Wong He suffers horrifying nosebleed after PCR test in Taiwan

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Hong Kong actor Wong He shocked his Facebook fans on Sunday after posting a series of pictures showing his bloodied nose following a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test in Taiwan.

The 54-year-old actor, who is sometimes credited as Wong Hei and is best known for his role as a firefighter in the TVB action drama “Burning Flame,” claimed in a Facebook post on April 3 that he suffered a profuse nosebleed after a healthcare worker conducted a test on him at Taoyuan International Airport.

Chinese man bikes across the US on ‘lonely’ trip to support Hong Kong independence

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  • A man from China is biking across the U.S. to raise awareness about preserving Hong Kong's independence.
  • Alex Lee, who grew up in a small village near Beijing, started to ride his bike from California and has covered thousands of miles so far, reaching Grand Rapids this Saturday.
  • He said he moved to the U.S. after his participation in pro-democracy rallies against the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill in Hong Kong in 2019 made going back to mainland China no longer safe for him
  • "I feel like, you know, it was a revolution. And I should do something amazing than just, you know, sitting down in the classroom," he said.
  • Lee documents his journey on his Facebook page, “A lonely trip for supporting Hong Kong protest.”

A Chinese man is hoping to spread awareness about preserving Hong Kong’s independence from mainland China by biking across the United States.

Alex Lee has already covered thousands of miles riding from California to Colorado before making a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday.

Hong Kong mandates all 7.5 million of its residents be triple tested for COVID in March

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  • In a new effort to curb its most recent coronavirus outbreak, Hong Kong will subject all 7.4 million of its residents to three rounds of COVID testing beginning in March.
  • The mandate will require the territory to grow its testing capacity from 200,000 a day to one million.
  • Since February, outbreaks in Hong Kong have hit a record number of cases, mostly due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
  • With hospitals, testing sites and quarantine centers overwhelmed, many Hong Kong residents question the viability of a “dynamic zero COVID” strategy and instead want to find ways of living with the virus, as many other countries have resorted to doing.
  • Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, has reached out to top property developers, asking to utilize their empty hotel rooms for people who require quarantine quarters.
  • A new report estimates 3,200 cumulative deaths in the fifth wave, an exponentially higher figure than the original 950 predicted.
  • In a live broadcast, Lam stated, “We probably have not seen the peak of this wave,” and declined to give any guarantees as to when bans would be lifted.

Responding to Hong Kong’s newest surge of cases, mostly due to the Omicron variant, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has mandated all 7.4 million of its residents to undergo COVID testing.

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Hong Kong’s officials have implemented some of the world’s strictest measures to contain the spread of the virus, including bans on flights, gatherings of more than two people, and school and business closures. 

Chinese woman in Australia filmed ripping down Tiananmen Square posters, denying Uyghur ‘camps’ claim

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  • A Chinese woman was filmed tearing down several posters that were created to support Hong Kong’s democracy from the Lennon Wall at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
  • The woman allegedly dismissed the events that occurred during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre by calling them “lies” and incorrectly saying that they took place “50 years ago.” The incident was filmed by Billie Kugelman, chief editor of student newspaper Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland.
  • His video was shared online by Drew Pavlou, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who is running to “represent Queensland in the Australian senate.”
  • The woman can be seen laughing in the video after Kugelman brings up the alleged human rights violations against Uyghurs in China.

A Chinese woman purportedly studying in Brisbane, Australia, was recently filmed rejecting the claim of Uyghur Muslims being detained in “concentration camps” in China as she took down posters featuring photos of the Tiananmen Square protests created to support Hong Kong’s democracy.

The incident, filmed by Billie Kugelman, chief editor of student newspaper Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland, was shared online by Drew Pavlou, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who is running to “represent Queensland in the Australian senate.”

Hong Kong denies Australia access to dual citizen facing life imprisonment under national security law

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Australian consular officials have reportedly been barred from accessing a Hong Kong-born Australian man detained under the city’s national security law.

The man, who is speculated to be 42-year-old political activist Gordon Ng, was arrested on Jan. 6, 2021, for allegedly “conspiring to subvert state power,” according to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  He was released on bail the following day but was again apprehended on March 1 for subversion.

Hong Kong’s Olympic champ Edgar Cheung Ka-long wins fencing World Cup gold

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  • Hong Kong’s Olympic fencing champion Edgar Cheung Ka-long, 24, won gold at the fencing World Cup in Paris on Sunday. 
  • Cheung defeated Italy’s Alessio Foconi, the world’s No. 1 male foil fencer, in the semifinal before beating Italy’s Edoardo Luperi in the final.
  • Cheung currently ranks fourth in the world in the men’s foil category. 

Olympic fencing star Edgar Cheung Ka-long won another historic gold for Hong Kong at the FIE (International Fencing Federation) World Cup in Paris over the weekend.

Cheung, who made history last year by winning Hong Kong’s first Olympic gold medal in fencing, took home gold again on Saturday, reported South China Morning Post

Pro-democracy Cantopop star Denise Ho arrested by Hong Kong police for sedition

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Cantopop singer and activist Denise Ho has been released on bail after being arrested in her home and accused of sedition by authorities in Hong Kong.

The face of a movement: On Wednesday, Ho and at least five other people connected to the media platform Stand News were apprehended and accused of “conspiracy to publish seditious material” by Hong Kong’s national security police, reported CNN

‘John Wick’ fight choreographer breaks down iconic Hong Kong-style influences in ‘Matrix Resurrections’

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If there’s one thing other than the mind-bending philosophies that catapulted the “Matrix” trilogy into cult classic status, it’s the fight choreography and innovation behind the revolutionary slow-mo “bullet time” effects.

In anticipation of “The Matrix Resurrections” in which Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their 20-year-old roles as Neo and Trinity, fans are left wondering how the two of them are still alive and what they will be fighting against in this newest installment.

20-year-old Hong Kong independence activist sentenced to 43 months in prison under China security law

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Tony Chung, the 20-year-old former leader of Hong Kong activist group Studentlocalism, has been sentenced to three years and seven months of imprisonment, making him the youngest person jailed under China’s security law.

What happened: Chung’s sentence was reduced after he entered a plea bargain on Tuesday to secession and money laundering charges, according to The Washington Post. The court explained that Chung had allegedly used the donations he received on PayPal to boost his Hong Kong pro-independence organization.

Hong Kong defends letting J.P. Morgan CEO skip mandatory quarantine because it’s a ‘huge bank’

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Hong Kong reportedly allowed J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon to bypass strict quarantine protocol for arriving travelers because of the size of their bank and its importance to Hong Kong’s economy.

Special treatment: Dimon spent 32 hours in Hong Kong, where he held meetings with the J.P. Morgan regional chief and thanked the staff for their hard work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CNN.