• Hong Kong police arrest 300 as thousands protest over security laws
    HONG KONG, May 27 (Reuters): Police in Hong Kong fired pepper pellets and made 300 arrests as thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice anger over national security legislation proposed by China, that has raised international alarm over freedoms in the city.   In the heart of the financial district, riot police fired pepper pellets to disperse a crowd, and elsewhere in the city police rounded up groups of dozens of suspected protesters, making t
  • Hong Kong police issue warning amid calls for new demonstrations
    HONG KONG, May 26 (Reuters): Hong Kong police issued a warning late on Tuesday that they would not tolerate disruptions to public order, after activists circulated calls online for fresh demonstrations on Wednesday.   A new national security law proposed last week by Beijing has revived mass protests by demonstrators who say China aims to curb the freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong, a global financial centre with broad autonomy.   Thousands of protesters clashed w
  • China's Xi urges preparedness for military combat amid coronavirus epidemic - state TV
    BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters): President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China would step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, state television reported.   China's performance in fighting the new coronavirus has shown the success of military reform, Xi was quoted as saying, adding that the armed forces should explore new ways of training amid the
  • Hong Kong and Beijing officials defend security laws, citing threat of terrorism
    HONG KONG, May 25 (Reuters): China's foreign ministry office in Hong Kong and the city's security chief on Monday defended proposed national security laws by describing some acts in mass pro-democracy protests last year as terrorism.   Several government departments issued statements in defence of the proposal after the biggest protest in the city since the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday.   The security legislation, some details of which were announce