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Hong Kong police make first arrests under a new security law

Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to Chinese rule.

Police said 10 people were arrested under the law, including a man with a Hong Kong independence flag and a woman holding a sign displaying the British flag and calling for Hong Kong’s independence — all violations of the law that took effect Tuesday night. Others were detained for possessing items advocating independence.

Hong Kong police said on Facebook that they arrested some 370 people on various charges, including unlawful assembly, possession of weapons and violating the new law, which was imposed in a move seen as Beijing’s boldest step yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system.

The law, imposed following anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year, makes secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities illegal, as well as foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs. Any person taking part in activities such as shouting slogans or holding up banners and flags calling for the city’s independence is violating the law regardless of whether violence is used.

The most serious offenders, such as those deemed to the mastermind behind these activities, could receive a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. Lesser offenders could receive jail terms of up to three years, short-term detention or restriction.

Wednesday’s arrests came as thousands took to the streets on the 23rd anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. For the first time, police banned this year’s annual march. Protesters shouted slogans, lambasted police, and held up signs condemning the Chinese government and the new security law.

Some protesters set fires in Hong Kong’s trendy shopping district, Causeway Bay, while others pulled bricks from sidewalks and scattered obstacles across roads in an attempt to obstruct traffic. To disperse protesters, police shot pepper spray and pepper balls, as well as deployed water cannons and tear gas throughout the day.

Hong Kong’s leader strongly endorsed the new law in a speech marking the anniversary of the handover of the territory — officially called the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

“The enactment of the national law is regarded as the most significant development in the relationship between the central authorities and the HKSAR since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland,” chief executive Carrie Lam said in a speech, following a flag-raising ceremony and the playing of China’s national anthem.

“It is also an essential and timely decision for restoring stability in Hong Kong,” she said.

A pro-democracy political party, The League of Social Democrats, organized a protest march during the flag-raising ceremony. About a dozen participants chanted slogans echoing demands from protesters last year for political reform and an investigation into accusations of police abuse.

The law’s passage Tuesday further blurs the distinction between the legal systems of Hong Kong, which maintained aspects of British law after the 1997 handover, and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Critics say the law effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, told reporters Wednesday the law “is a clear and serious violation” of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the agreement that paved the way for the former British colony’s handover to Chinese rule.

The law directly targets some of the actions of anti-government protesters last year, which included attacks on government offices and police stations, damage to subway stations and the shutdown of the city’s international airport. Acts of vandalism against government facilities or public transit can be prosecuted as subversion or terrorism.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said in a news conference that the security legislation does not follow the rule of law and is a dire warning to the free press.

“This would tell you that they want not just to get us, but to intimidate us into inaction, into a catatonic state,” Mo said.

Hong Kong’s police force said they would consider any flag or banner raised by protesters calling for Hong Kong’s separation from China to be illegal as well as an expressions of support for independence for Tibet, Xinjiang or the self-governing island democracy of Taiwan that China claims as its own.

Police will use a new purple flag to warn protesters if they display banners or shout slogans that may constitute a crime under the law.

Concerns have also been raised over the fate of key opposition figures, some of whom have already been charged for taking part in protests, as well as the disqualification of candidates for Legislative Council elections scheduled for September.

In Beijing, the executive deputy director of the Cabinet’s Hong Kong affairs office, Zhang Xiaoming, said Hong Kong people are allowed to criticize the ruling Communist Party but cannot turn those complaints “into actions.”

“What happened recently in Hong Kong has shown a deviation from the right track of the ‘one country, two systems’ (framework),” Zhang told reporters Wednesday. “To some extent, we made this law in order to correct the deviation … to pull it closer to ‘one-country.’”

Schools, social groups, media outlets, websites and others will be monitored and their national security awareness will be raised, according to the law, while the central government will have authority over the activities of foreign non-governmental organizations and media outlets in Hong Kong.

The law says central government bodies in Hong Kong will take over in “complicated cases” and when there is a serious threat to national security. Local authorities are barred from interfering with central government bodies operating in Hong Kong while they are carrying out their duties.

Security legislation was mandated under Hong Kong’s local constitution, but an earlier attempt to pass it in the city’s legislative body in 2003 was shelved because of massive public opposition. Beijing finally decided to circumvent the Hong Kong legislature and have the law passed Tuesday by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament.

President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order putting the law into effect, and it has been added to the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution.

The law’s passage comes after Hong Kong’s legislature in early June approved a contentious bill making it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem.

On Wednesday, Raab, the British foreign secretary, announced the UK would extend residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kong residents eligible for British National Overseas passports to five years from the current six-month limit. After five years, they could apply for settled status and then apply for citizenship 12 months later.

The U.S. is moving to end special trade terms given to the territory. The Trump administration has also said it will bar defence exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items that have both civilian and military uses.

The U.S. Congress has also moved to impose sanctions on people deemed connected to political repression in Hong Kong, including police officials.

China has said it will impose visa restrictions on Americans it sees as interfering over Hong Kong.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the threat of a visa ban as a sign of “how Beijing refuses to take responsibility for its own choices” and said the law’s adoption “destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements.”

Beijing’s “paranoia and fear of its own people’s aspirations have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory’s success,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong.

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AP video journalist Johnson Lai in Taipei and producer Wayne Zhang in Beijing contributed to this report.

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China Stealing Intellectual Property from US universities

China Stealing Intellectual Property from US universities

US-China ties are getting worse by each passing day and Communist China has sought to allegedly obtain the US intellectual property with their enormous funding to the US educational institutions. US universities received huge funding from the Chinese Government and out of 70 of which are unable to report such grants by Beijing.

Noticeably, an FOIA lawsuit has been filed in opposition to the Department of Education Section 117 by Judicial Watch. This law states that academic institutions are bound to report any grant worth more than $250,000 received from any sources to the department. Under this act of violation, the lawsuit has been charged.

PRC has been following the Military Civil Fusion strategy with the help of which certain Chinese institutions are seeking to obtain research and technology from US universities by collaborating with them. Recently this incident of stealing research came into light when the FBI contacted the University of Texas to reveal such allegations of espionage by the Houston based Chinese Consulate. China tried to seek high tech research of the Covid-19 vaccine done by the University of Texas. After this shocking uncovering, America immediately ordered China to shut its Consulate in Houston and China retaliated by ordering America to close its Chengdu situated Consulate General.

China Scholarship Council of PRC underwrites professors, scholars, and researches to go abroad and gain access to advance research and high-end technology. Either such candidates voluntarily cooperate with intelligence agencies or they are forces to do so by threatening them and their family in China. This can be easily understood by the example of researcher Juan Tang working at the University of California. Last week, the FBI arrested her for concealing the information about being a uniformed officer of the Chinese Communist Party Air Force in her J1 visa application.

PRC didn’t stop at sending such researchers to abroad however they also tried to obtain America STEM field related people by offering lucrative packages. They are just targeting scientists by using Thousand Talent Programs to sought research findings and also to replica research efforts by creating shadow laboratories.

The biggest example of the harsh and dark truth of such talent programs is Charles Lieber. He was the former chair of the Harvard Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. He was recently hit with enormous charges against tax evasion as he concealed the matter of getting big financial back support from Beijing. As reported, he concealed the reality of getting paid $1.5 million to establish a replica lab in China, $150,000 as living expenses, and $50,000 per month from Wuhan Institute of Technology. In June 2020, federal authorities accused him of lying regarding participation in Thousand Talent programs.

China controls the staffing and educational program and cash greedy colleges give the understudies. Since 2004 the PRC has built up several “Confucius Institutes” (CIs) at schools and colleges to teach the Communist Party’s side of Chinese history and culture. In 2014 the American Association of University Professors censured this outsider educational plan control as “conflicting with standards of scholastic opportunity, shared administration, and the institutional self-governance of schools and colleges” to protect the institutions.

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Land Slide Victory of BJP & Indian PM Modi Over Opposition

Land Slide Victory of BJP & Indian PM Modi Over Opposition

Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi dramatically won the elections 2019 over the opposition. BJP scored majority votes due to the tough stand on business-friendly policies and national security issues.

His re-election as a PM for the second time is because of his efforts on a national security basis. Previously, BJP won by 282 seats in 2014 election as became the leading party. However, the Hindu Nationalist Party stunned the Congress by a landslide win with 351 seats in total this year.

The people were cheering loudly on the win of PM Modi. They showered rose petals upon him. Modi, Amit Shah and their whole party among the supporters celebrated their win at Party headquarters.

He addressed people via telecast and said, “Whatever happened in these elections is in the past, we have to look ahead. We have to take everyone forward, including our staunchest opponents. The political pundits of India have to leave behind their ideas of the past.”

Indian PM scored red tape in World’s fifth largest economy. Many international firms such as Walmart, Mastercard and Amazon criticized the biased policies. They say that policies are made by keeping domestic rivals in the mind. Thus it only benefits the domestic business more instead of overseas firms.

Now the Modi government will face the various issues & demands regarding unemployment and jobs. Along with that, the party has to overcome agriculture incomes. Also, the BJP government will have to focus on reviving banking sectors.

PM Narendra Modi thanked the Indian citizens for making his victory possible. A plethora of people, celebrities and leaders around the world wished him for his historical success.

US President Donald Trump and also many other leaders of various countries wished Modi via Twitter. Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu wished Modi via phone call and a lovely tweet also. Trump showed his keen interest in future deals with India.

Not just that, Pakistan PM Imran Khan also congratulated Modi on his marvellous win via Twitter. Additionally, he said, “Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.”

Besides all the progressive work, the PM has to look forward to building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Many BJP workers and also Hindu zealots want respected Modi to make God King Rama Temple in Ayodhya.

Earlier Modi’s party was facing loss in three states elections in the month of December due to farm prices and unemployment.

Also Read: Indonesia Riots – 6 Died & 200 Injured.

Meanwhile, Pakistan based Muslim terrorists killed more than 40 soldiers in the Pulwama district of Kashmir.

That time, PM Narendra Modi ordered Air Strike for taking the revenge of martyred soldiers. Indian Air Force did air strike on militant training camp on Pakistan side border.

This airstrike conducted by the IAF with the orders from Modi made people fond of his powerful personality all over again.

At the very critical time, BJP came up with the incredible personality for the election in 2014. A remarkable personality is a foremost necessity of winning elections. BJP did really well by representing Modi as the PM candidate.

Congress did not have any influencing personality to gain the votes except some made up issues which they later overturned.

Rahul Gandhi wasn’t even able to win in his family’s long-held home constituency Amethi. He faced defeat from BJP candidate Smriti Irani.

In addition, Congress faced a huge defeat in the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Noticeably, the party could not improve at all instead they even lose by a greater leap.

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Indonesia Riots – 6 Died & 200 Injured

Indonesia Riots - 6 Died & 200 Injured

Indonesia riots resulted in the death of 6 people and 200 injured people. Mobs are protesting following the release of official election results. Protestors clashed with the troops. They also set fire to a police dormitory & vehicles in the nation’s capital.

Indeed the protesters are basically supporters of loser presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. On Tuesday, they turned violent and kept riot till night. According to police, they have already arrested 20 provocateurs.

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan informed about the dead and injured people in Indonesia riots.

A news TV channel telecasted the clash of protestors and security forces. Rioters were throwing rocks on the troops. Not just that, they also sat a paramilitary police dormitory on fire.

Reportedly, one man died just as he was a gunshot in the commotion. However, the military personnel and security forces were not having live bullets.

Result of April presidential elections announced reigning president Joko Widodo as the winner. He became president for the second time with 55.5% votes.

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The opponent team could take the defeat and thus allegedly called poll as a fraud. However, they don’t have any evidence for supporting their blame.

Some government offices, schools, businesses and shopping malls remain closed in the nation’s capital. 30,000 troops were deployed to secure the city.

In addition, a major commuter train station was temporarily shut.

On Tuesday, police arrested a former general for allegedly smuggling weapons to the protest. While authorities confiscated Molotov cocktails from one minibus of Prabowo supporters travelling to the capital from Java.

Protestors had started to gather outside the elections supervisory agency building on Wednesday.

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