Archive for June 4th, 2020

US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 10:30 AM

Washington on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the United States after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume [...]
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Coronavirus: Former MI6 head claims pandemic ‘started as accident’ in Chinese laboratory

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | The Independent | 10:28 AM

A former head of MI6 has said he believes the coronavirus pandemic may have “started as an accident”, with the virus escaping from a Chinese laboratory. Sir [...]
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Trump not considering sanctions on China’s Xi over HK

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 10:00 AM

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was not considering placing sanctions on Chinese President Xi Jinping personally over Beijing’s push to impose national [...]
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Xi Jinping’s September meeting with EU leaders in Germany postponed due to coronavirus

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 8:54 AM

President Xi Jinping’s trip to Germany in September for a historic meeting with all EU national leaders has been postponed, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman [...]
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Mike Pompeo meets with 1989 Tiananmen Square activists at US State Department

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 8:52 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with survivors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Tuesday two days before the 31-year anniversary of the bloody events of June 4, [...]
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Meng Wanzhou extradition case set to continue until 2021 as coronavirus throws schedule into disarray

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 8:51 AM

The extradition hearings in Canada for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, wanted on fraud charges in the United States, are set to continue until 2021, after Covid-19 threw [...]
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Johnson says China’s actions in HK risk eroding Sino-UK agreement

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 8:49 AM

British prime minister Boris Johnson said China’s actions in Hong Kong risked “badly eroding” the protection of political freedoms enshrined in the [...]
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Vigil banned, HK set to commemorate Tiananmen with ‘candles everywhere’

Vigil banned, HK set to commemorate Tiananmen with ‘candles everywhere’

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 8:47 AM

People in Hong Kong are set to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city on Thursday, after [...]
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HK braces as protesters plan to defy Tiananmen vigil ban

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | The Guardian | 8:37 AM

Hong Kong is bracing for another tense day as its legislature prepares to pass a controversial bill criminalising mockery of China’s national anthem, which coincides [...]
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UK in 5G talks with suppliers from Japan, Korea: source

UK in 5G talks with suppliers from Japan, Korea: source

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 8:34 AM

British officials have discussed supplies of 5G networking equipment with companies in South Korea and Japan as part of a bid to develop alternatives to China’s Huawei [...]
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United Nations urged to appoint special envoy to safeguard human rights in HK

United Nations urged to appoint special envoy to safeguard human rights in HK

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | The Telegraph | 7:17 AM

The heads of the foreign affairs committees in the British, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian parliaments have urged the United Nations chief to appoint a special envoy to [...]
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Asian shares rise as Wall Street gains for 3rd straight day

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM

Asian shares rose Wednesday after Wall Street extended its gains for a third straight day, driven by optimism over economies reopening from shutdowns to stem the coronavirus [...]
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United Nations urged to appoint special envoy to safeguard human rights in HK

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | The Telegraph | 6:02 AM

The heads of the foreign affairs committees in the British, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian parliaments have urged the United Nations chief to appoint a special envoy to [...]
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HK lawmakers ‘not immune’ from Legislative Council contempt charges as Court of Appeal rules that ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung trial should proceed

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong lawmakers are not immune from contempt charges if they disrupt Legislative Council meetings, the appeal court ruled as it gave the green light to restore criminal [...]
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Extension of HK border restrictions spells bad news for Macau’s gaming operators

04-Jun-2020 Intellasia | IAG | 6:02 AM

Hopes that Macau’s borders with neighbouring Guangdong Province and Hong Kong might be opened as early as next week were dashed on Tuesday when Hong Kong announced an [...]
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