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About Florence
Florence de Changy is a journalist based in Hong Kong since 2007 who works mostly in French and English.
She is the correspondent for French daily Le Monde and the French National Radio, Radio France, as well as RFI (Radio France International). She also does TV itws, with F24, TV5, Deutsche Welle...
She has been a journalist in Asia Pacific for the last 25 years, based in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong.
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Covid-19: Reopening of borders and return of Chinese visitors worries Hong Kong

10 Apr 2024  |  francetvinfo.fr
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2019 riots, Chinese tourists accounted for over 80% of tourism in Hong Kong, significantly contributing to retail, dining, and hospitality sectors. With the upcoming reopening of Chinese borders by mid-January 2023, there is concern in Hong Kong. The region has seen a surge in Covid cases, and there are worries about Chinese visitors coming to Hong Kong for Western vaccines and medications, which are scarce in China. Hong Kong authorities have assured that residents will have priority access to healthcare and vaccines, with non-residents being able to receive vaccinations for a fee.

Hong Kong hastily adopts new arsenal of security laws against political crimes

19 Mar 2024  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong's chief executive, John Lee, successfully passed a new national security ordinance through the LegCo, which is now composed entirely of 'patriotic' members loyal to Peking. The legislation, which includes 181 clauses and severe penalties for five categories of political crimes, aims to fill gaps in the 2020 national security law. Despite a brief consultation period, the law was adopted quickly, with minimal opposition and several government-proposed amendments. The Hong Kong Bar Association and the Hong Kong Journalists Association raised concerns, but their only success was the inclusion of public interest as a defense.

In Taiwan, Han Kuo-yu, favorable to closer ties with Beijing, elected president of the Parliament

02 Feb 2024  |  www.lemonde.fr
Han Kuo-yu, a pro-Beijing politician, has been elected president of Taiwan's Parliament with the support of independent deputies and the abstention of the Taiwan People's Party. The Kuomintang now holds 52 seats, while the Democratic Progressive Party holds 51. Han Kuo-yu, known for his rustic yet charismatic persona, emphasized neutrality and governance in his inaugural speech. His election marks a significant return to politics after his 2020 presidential defeat and subsequent removal from the mayoralty of Kaohsiung.

Hsiao Bi-khim, the Taiwanese Vice-Presidential Candidate, Friend of the United States and China's Nemesis

12 Jan 2024  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hsiao Bi-khim, a candidate for Taiwan's vice-presidency, is known for her strong ties with the United States and her opposition to China. Her diverse background, with a Taiwanese father and an American mother, positions her as a cultural bridge. Her entry into the race adds diversity to an otherwise homogeneous field of older male candidates. Hsiao's upbringing in a presbyterian family in Tainan, a hub of Taiwanese nationalism, further underscores her commitment to Taiwan's identity and independence.

The Taipei Art Biennale Delves into the Post-Pandemic Trauma of Covid-19

11 Jan 2024  |  www.lemonde.fr
The 13th Taipei Biennale, themed 'Small World,' explores the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the isolation and reliance on digital screens during lockdowns. The exhibition features 120 works by 58 artists, including a notable installation by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork that symbolically revives the pandemic's dark period. Curated by Freya Chou, Brian Kuan Wood, and Reem Shadid, the biennale offers diverse perspectives and enriches the artistic dialogue. The event is praised for its unique and free expression, especially in the context of Taiwan's complex relationship with China.

Taiwan's young voters prepare for pivotal election, ambivalent about China and their future

07 Jan 2024  |  www.lemonde.fr
In Taiwan's capital, Taipei, a peaceful scene at Yuanshan Park contrasts with the underlying political tensions as young voters prepare for a crucial election. The allure of China remains strong for some Taiwanese youth, offering career opportunities and economic prospects. However, China's assertive stance on reunification, reiterated by President Xi Jinping, creates a sense of ambivalence. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen advocates for peaceful coexistence and democratic decision-making. The historical context of Taiwan's journey to democracy and its evolving national identity further complicates relations with China.

According to the Taiwanese Foreign Minister, 'Chinese interference is becoming increasingly sophisticated'

02 Jan 2024  |  www.lemonde.fr
Joseph Wu, Taiwan's Foreign Minister, criticizes China's increasingly sophisticated interference in Taiwanese politics, emphasizing the DPP's commitment to maintaining the status quo and ensuring peace across the Taiwan Strait. With the upcoming presidential election, Wu highlights the DPP's efforts under President Tsai Ing-wen to avoid giving China any pretext for war while strengthening Taiwan's defense capabilities. The article contrasts the DPP's stance with the KMT's more conciliatory approach towards China, noting the potential implications for Taiwan's future.

Hong Kong reaches the lowest fertility rate in the world

20 Dec 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong has reached the lowest fertility rate in the world, posing a threat to its economic future and causing concern among its leaders. The fertility rate has dropped to 0.8 children per woman, with a significant decline in births over the past few years. The region also has the highest life expectancy globally, leading to an aging population. Contributing factors include stress, delayed marriages, and lack of intimacy due to housing conditions. Additionally, the socio-political changes following the implementation of the national security law by Beijing have led to an exodus of young families, further exacerbating the issue.

At the 'Hong Kong 47' trial, almost all the pro-democracy opposition was in the dock

06 Dec 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
The trial of the 'Hong Kong 47', pro-democracy activists involved in the 2020 opposition primary, concluded with closing arguments on December 4 in West Kowloon. Sixteen defendants pleaded not guilty to 'conspiracy to commit subversion' under the National Security Law, facing potential life imprisonment. The verdict is expected in three to four months. The defendants include veteran legislators, a journalist, and citizens who participated in the primaries. Three-quarters of the defendants have been in pre-trial detention since February 2021. The trial, observed by Western diplomats, maintained the customs of Common Law despite being under the new security law. Some defendants pleaded not guilty, believing in their minimal involvement and chance for acquittal, while others who pleaded guilty did so due to lost confidence in the justice system and to benefit from a reduced sentence.

At the 'Hong Kong 47' trial, almost all the pro-democracy opposition was in the dock

06 Dec 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
The trial of the 'Hong Kong 47' pro-democracy activists concluded with closing arguments in Hong Kong's largest court. Sixteen defendants, including veteran legislators and a journalist, pleaded not guilty to 'conspiracy to commit subversion' under the National Security Law. The trial, marked by heavy security and the presence of Western diplomats, highlighted the erosion of confidence in Hong Kong's justice system among the accused. The verdict is expected in three to four months.

In Hong Kong, the trial of the '47' brought together almost the entire pro-democracy opposition

04 Dec 2023  |  lemonde.fr
The largest trial of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, involving 47 participants of the 2020 opposition primaries, concluded on December 4th at the West Kowloon courthouse. The final plea took place, with a verdict expected within three to four months. Only 16 defendants, who pleaded not guilty to 'conspiracy to commit subversion' under the new national security law imposed by Beijing, were present. Notable defendants included seasoned legislators Lam Cheuk-ting and Leung Kwok-hung, as well as journalist Gwyneth Ho. The trial, conducted under the new security law, still adhered to the traditions of Common Law, and was attended by several Western diplomats.

Jeffrey Ngai's Rose-Colored Life, Hong Kong Star in Love with Paris

20 Nov 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
Jeffrey Ngai, a rising star from Hong Kong, is celebrated for his recent music video 'Before Sunset,' filmed in iconic Paris locations. Known for his charming persona and stylish fashion choices, Ngai has captivated fans and secured numerous endorsements. His role in the TV series 'I Swim' significantly boosted his popularity. The article highlights his impact on promoting French tourism and his participation in Pharrell Williams' Louis Vuitton fashion show.

In China and Turkey, the defense industry is booming

01 Oct 2023  |  www.francetvinfo.fr
China has surpassed the United States and its allies in defense production, with rapid advancements in military technology and production capabilities. Despite technological superiority, the U.S. is losing its edge as China closes the gap. Internal issues, such as corruption and leadership changes, challenge China's military. Meanwhile, Turkey's defense industry is thriving, driven by domestic production and significant exports, particularly in drones. The Turkish government aims to further increase defense exports, though challenges like competition among manufacturers and transparency issues persist.

In Taiwan, the troubled exile of Hong Kongers

05 Jun 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
In Taipei's Nowhere bookstore, a hub for Hong Kong immigrants, the atmosphere is a stark contrast to the vibrant Ximending district nearby. Hong Kongers in Taiwan, including former journalist Zhang Jieping and writer Mukyu, are experiencing a cultural shock and depression, with many considering leaving due to the unexpected challenges of exile. The situation is set against the backdrop of the 2019 political protests in Hong Kong and the subsequent crackdown on civil liberties, with Taiwan representing the democratic values that Hong Kongers aspire to.

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong, where the memory of the Tiananmen crackdown is no longer tolerated

05 Jun 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong police arrested 23 individuals, including prominent pro-democracy activists, during a crackdown on commemorations of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The arrests occurred amidst heavy police presence in Causeway Bay, a symbolic location for the annual vigil. The event, traditionally significant in Hong Kong's civil society, has faced increasing suppression since 2020. International consulates showed solidarity by placing candles and issuing statements urging China to address the historical event.

Visit of the Bishop of Hong Kong to Beijing against a backdrop of tensions between the Chinese regime and the Holy See

20 Apr 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
Stephen Chow, the Bishop of Hong Kong, began a mysterious and speculative five-day visit to Beijing on April 17, nearly thirty years after the last similar visit and amidst recent tensions due to the Chinese government's appointment of bishops without coordination with the Holy See, seemingly breaching the secret bilateral agreements of 2018. The visit occurs in a challenging context for all religions in China and amid tensions or misunderstandings between Beijing and the Vatican. The official mission is to promote exchanges between the Church in China and the universal Church. The Chinese Catholic community is split between those loyal to Rome and the state-controlled 'patriotic' church. Hong Kong, with greater religious freedom, has a 5% Catholic population with disproportionate societal influence, including three of the five heads of the executive since the handover being Catholic.

The Chinese National Anthem Undermined by the 'Glory to Hong Kong' of the 2019 Rebels

20 Apr 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
A series of incidents where the banned 'Glory to Hong Kong' anthem was mistakenly played instead of the Chinese national anthem during international sports events has caused significant frustration for the Hong Kong government. Despite efforts to correct the issue, including appeals to Google, the problem persisted, highlighting the ongoing tension between pro-democracy supporters and the authorities. The incidents have been met with anger from officials and quiet jubilation from democracy sympathizers.

In Hong Kong, universities bear the full brunt of the national security law

17 Apr 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
The National Security Law imposed by Beijing has severely impacted universities in Hong Kong, stifling free expression and transforming once vibrant intellectual spaces into monitored and controlled environments. Key figures like Xia Baolong, John Lee, and Zheng Yanxiong emphasize the importance of national security, while the law's implementation has led to the suppression of dissent and the disappearance of democratic symbols in educational institutions.

The phantasmagorical world of Yayoi Kusama is honored in Hong Kong

07 Jan 2023  |  lemonde.fr
The retrospective 'Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now' opened on November 12 at the M+ museum in Hong Kong, featuring over 200 works from various collections and three special commissions. The exhibition, marking the first anniversary of M+, showcases Kusama's artistic journey over 77 years, with a focus on themes such as infinity and connectivity. Kusama, known for her polka-dotted pumpkins and red wig, is a celebrated artist in Hong Kong, where her work has fetched record prices.

Beijing washes its hands of the thorny issue of the defense of former Hong Kong free press tycoon, Jimmy Lai

02 Jan 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
Jimmy Lai, a prominent pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong, faces significant legal challenges as Beijing imposes strict national security laws. Despite his efforts to employ a top British lawyer, Tim Owen, for his defense, procedural barriers and political pressures complicate his case. Lai's ongoing imprisonment and the broader implications of Beijing's repressive measures highlight the strained judicial and political landscape in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is in a state of turmoil before reopening its borders with mainland China

01 Jan 2023  |  Le Monde.fr
Hong Kong is preparing to reopen its borders with mainland China after three years of closure, with Chief Executive John Lee announcing the resumption of trade before mid-January. The reopening is expected to aid Hong Kong's economic recovery, as it has been the only Asian economy in recession in 2022. Hong Kong's population is 93% vaccinated, mostly with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is not available in China. Coordination with major southern cities like Shenzhen and Guangzhou will be necessary to manage the reopening process.

Scramble in Hong Kong before the reopening of borders with mainland China

01 Jan 2023  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong is preparing for the reopening of its borders with mainland China after three years of closure due to COVID-19 policies. The region's Chief Executive, John Lee, announced that exchanges between Hong Kong and mainland China would resume before mid-January, following China's reopening on January 8. The isolation had led to a recession in Hong Kong in 2022, but with the easing of entry conditions since September, the economy is showing signs of recovery. Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia-Pacific at Natixis, predicts a potential growth of at least 3% for Hong Kong's economy in 2023. Hong Kong, where 93% of the population is vaccinated, mostly with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, is the only area in China offering Western vaccines. The region has historically been a popular destination for mainland Chinese tourists, who made up 80% of local tourists in 2018, but tourism had declined due to the 2019 riots and subsequent border closures.

In Hong Kong, the fantastical world of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama celebrated

26 Dec 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
The retrospective 'Yayoi Kusama, from 1945 to the present' opened on November 12 at M+, Hong Kong, featuring the renowned Japanese artist's iconic works, including her signature polka-dotted pumpkins. At 93, Kusama is one of the most recognized contemporary artists in Hong Kong, where her works have fetched record prices. The exhibition, marking M+'s first anniversary, showcases over 200 pieces from private and public collections and includes three special commissions. Curators Mika Yoshitake and Doryun Chong have organized the exhibition thematically and chronologically, highlighting Kusama's artistic journey over the past seventy-seven years.

In Hong Kong, the legal troubles of Jimmy Lai illustrate the abuses of local justice

13 Dec 2022  |  lemonde.fr
Jimmy Lai, former head of the opposition press group Next Digital Limited, which published the popular tabloid Apple Daily, faces serious charges under the new national security law imposed by Beijing in Hong Kong. His trial, which could result in life imprisonment for collusion and conspiracy with foreign forces, has been postponed to September 2023. The judges have been selected by the government, and local authorities have tried to prevent Lai from being defended by his chosen lawyer, British barrister Tim Owen. Hong Kong's Chief Executive John Lee has appealed to Beijing to overturn the decision of Hong Kong's highest court, further undermining the already tarnished reputation of Hong Kong's judiciary.

Even from Hong Kong, business trips to China remain an obstacle course

14 Nov 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
Business trips to China from Hong Kong have become challenging due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-pandemic quick trips are now replaced with weeks of waiting for border crossing lotteries and quarantine requirements. Despite recent easing of measures, such as reducing pre-flight testing, travelers like Paul H. and Alec L. face obstacles like overnight stays at airports and the need for patience and perseverance.

In the port of Hong Kong, the embarrassing presence of a Russian megayacht

15 Oct 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
The megayacht 'Nord,' owned by Russian oligarch Alexei Mordashov, has been anchored in Hong Kong's bay, drawing criticism from Western nations due to Mordashov's association with the Russian regime and the sanctions imposed on him. Despite protests, Hong Kong's Chief Executive John Lee stated that the region does not impose sanctions without a legal basis. The yacht's conspicuous location has raised eyebrows, especially as Hong Kong aims to reassure the West of its financial reliability. Mordashov, a significant figure in Russia's economy, has expressed confusion over the sanctions, which have also led to the confiscation of his other yacht, 'Lady-M,' in Italy.

Hong Kong, twenty-five years after the handover to China: from the rule of law to the state of fear

02 Sep 2022  |  lemonde.fr
Hong Kong has undergone a significant transformation in less than three years, losing many aspects of its unique identity as a bastion of Anglo-Saxon liberalism and capitalism, nourished by fundamental freedoms and human rights. Despite an incomplete democratization process, Hong Kong was the only part of Chinese territory with a solid rule of law, independent judiciary, political opposition, religious freedom, free press, unrestricted internet access, internationally renowned universities, and open borders. These attributes contributed to its ranking as the world's freest economy for 25 consecutive years. However, as of July 1, 2022, entering the second half of the 50-year crucial period after the handover from the UK to China, Hong Kong has experienced a shift from a sense of freedom to a latent state of fear, with self-censorship in public, at work, on social media, and even in private due to the infiltration of denunciation.

Branle-bas de combat à Hongkong en vue de la visite de Xi Jinping

28 Jun 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
The Hong Kong police confirmed the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping for the 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. The visit, seen as highly symbolic, will involve significant security and health measures due to ongoing COVID-19 cases and past anti-government protests. Xi Jinping is expected to arrive on June 30th, participate in a dinner, and return to mainland China for the night, before attending the flag-raising ceremony and the inauguration of the new local government on July 1st. Extensive security preparations, including preventive arrests and sniper posts, have been made to ensure the visit proceeds without incident.

Hong Kong: Cardinal Zen, 90, arrested for 'collusion with foreign forces'

12 May 2022  |  Le Monde.fr
Cardinal Joseph Zen, canto pop star Denise Ho, and human rights lawyer Margaret Ng were arrested in Hong Kong under the national security law imposed by Beijing. They are accused of 'collusion with foreign forces.' The arrests also included Hui Po-keung, a former university lecturer, and are part of a crackdown on the remaining pro-democracy figures in the city. The 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which supported protesters from the 2019 demonstrations, has been dissolved. Cardinal Zen, a prominent democracy advocate and former bishop, is known for his moral authority and his support for imprisoned media tycoon Jimmy Lai.

War in Ukraine: people everywhere march with cries of 'Stop Putin'

28 Feb 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
Following the outbreak of hostilities initiated by Vladimir Putin, hundreds of thousands of people across Europe and the world demonstrated in support of Ukraine on February 26 and 27. Protesters, adorned in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag, rallied against the war and Putin, with some depicting him with a Hitler-like mustache. In London, amidst a return to normalcy post-COVID-19, thousands gathered at Trafalgar Square, expressing solidarity with Ukraine and calling for an end to Putin's aggression. Personal stories of protesters, such as Oksana Cheremkhivra and Cassia Scott-Jones, highlighted the human impact of the conflict and the frustration with the international response.

Unprecedented Zero Covid Battle in Hong Kong

24 Feb 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong faces its fifth and most virulent wave of Covid-19, prompting a comprehensive plan to enforce the zero Covid strategy advocated by mainland China. The city, which had previously managed to keep death tolls low through stringent measures, now sees daily records of infections and deaths. The response has revealed significant unpreparedness, with hospitals overwhelmed and patients treated outdoors. Following a directive from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam announced the construction of new patient facilities, including makeshift hospitals and isolation centers, though some measures have been criticized for their inadequacy.

The Chief of Hong Kong Summoned by Xi Jinping to Control the Covid-19 Epidemic

18 Feb 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
Chinese President Xi Jinping has unusually intervened to reprimand Hong Kong's leadership, particularly Chief Executive Carrie Lam, for their chaotic handling of the Covid-19 epidemic. Xi emphasized the need for Hong Kong to prioritize stabilizing and controlling the Covid-19 situation. The article highlights the dire conditions in Hong Kong's hospitals, the inadequacy of the zero-Covid strategy, and the recent surge in cases and deaths, including among children. A delegation from Hong Kong has sought assistance from China, and a new crisis management organization has been established. Xi's public and frank instructions to Carrie Lam have been notably surprising.

Hong Kong's Economy Suffocated by 'Zero Covid-19' Policy

01 Feb 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong's stringent 'Zero Covid-19' policy has severely impacted its economy, complicating travel and logistics for both people and goods. The city faces significant challenges, including unreliable postal services, empty supermarket shelves, and extended quarantine measures. The government's strict quarantine rules, including mandatory hotel stays and pre-quarantine in third countries, have led to logistical nightmares and high costs for travelers. The article highlights the negative consequences of these policies on the city's economic stability and daily life.

Wild boar hunting is open in Hong Kong

06 Jan 2022  |  www.lemonde.fr
Hong Kong authorities have initiated a new strategy to control the wild boar population, which involves culling the most invasive or aggressive animals. This decision follows an increase in complaints and incidents involving wild boars, such as attacks on people and destruction of property. The previous method of capture, sterilization, and relocation was deemed insufficient. The population of wild boars in Hong Kong is officially estimated at 3,000, and the issue has become a significant public safety concern.

Hongkongers boycotted the 'patriotic' elections

20 Dec 2021  |  www.lemonde.fr
With only 30% voter turnout for the election of the new Hong Kong Parliament, the December 19th election is a significant rebuke to the pro-Beijing government led by Carrie Lam. Despite extensive efforts to encourage voting, 3.1 million out of 4.5 million voters abstained, marking the lowest participation rate since Hong Kong's handover to China in 1997. The elections are seen as the culmination of a long process of parliamentary cleansing by Beijing, which included disqualifying pro-democracy candidates and imposing a new electoral code. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress, a major pro-Beijing party, saw most of its candidates elected, while those who could have added diversity were defeated. The government had hoped for higher participation to lend credibility to the process, but the low turnout and the measures taken to ensure participation, such as free transport and criminalizing calls for boycotts, highlight the lack of genuine political stakes.

In Hong Kong, the immense contemporary art museum M+ finally opens

18 Dec 2021  |  www.lemonde.fr
The M+ Museum, a major contemporary visual arts museum in Hong Kong designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, has finally opened after years of delays and budget overruns. The museum saw an impressive turnout of 76,000 visitors on its first day and 250,000 in its first month, despite the city's pandemic-induced isolation. The museum features 65,000 square meters of exhibition space and around 8,000 works, aiming to be a leading contemporary art institution in Asia. The opening comes at a challenging time for Hong Kong, with the recent implementation of a national security law raising concerns about artistic freedom.

China: Macao's Dirty Money in the Crosshairs of Central Authorities

02 Dec 2021  |  www.lemonde.fr
Alvin Chau, CEO of Suncity, and four associates were detained in Macao for organizing illegal online gambling and money laundering operations. The arrest followed a warrant from Wenzhou authorities, highlighting China's crackdown on money laundering through gambling. The incident caused significant stock drops for major Macao casinos. Authorities aim to eradicate the influence of 'junkets' linked to criminal activities.

To achieve 'zero Covid', Hong Kong imposes grueling quarantine on residents returning to the island

13 Oct 2021  |  www.lemonde.fr
Since late August, Hong Kong residents returning from countries including France, the UK, and the US face a 21-day quarantine in government-approved hotels, which are often criticized for poor conditions and high costs. The quarantine involves strict measures, including multiple mandatory tests and minimal human interaction, leading to significant physical and mental strain. The article highlights the challenges faced by returnees, including claustrophobia and financial burdens, and mentions the emergence of support groups and businesses catering to those in quarantine.

In one year, the national security law has gagged Hong Kong, once one of the freest cities in the world

30 Jun 2021  |  www.lemonde.fr
Since the implementation of the national security law on June 30, 2020, Hong Kong has experienced a significant decline in freedoms, with the arrest of opposition leaders, closure of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and increased censorship and surveillance. The law has effectively ended the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle, leading to widespread fear and the suppression of democratic aspirations. The Chinese government's propaganda and security measures have become pervasive, with numerous arrests and restrictions on free expression.

In Hong Kong, first trial under the new national security law

23 Jun 2021  |  www.lemonde.fr
The first trial under Hong Kong's new national security law has begun, with Tong Ying-kit accused of terrorism and incitement to secession. The trial, which is highly symbolic, takes place amid significant political tension and marks the first anniversary of the law's implementation. The case is being tried without a jury, a decision criticized as a deviation from Hong Kong's legal norms. The opposition newspaper Apple Daily faces imminent closure, with its leaders arrested under the same law. The trial is expected to last at least three weeks, with 22 witnesses to be heard.

The gaping holes in the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 search report

14 Oct 2017  |  South China Morning Post
Australia's final report on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 concludes with high certainty that the aircraft is not in the searched area. The report details the financial contributions from Malaysia, Australia, and China, and highlights several inconsistencies and questionable findings, including unconfirmed debris and outdated satellite images. It suggests improved satellite tracking methods but acknowledges that even finding the black boxes may not explain the crash. The report echoes the uncertainty expressed by Malaysia Airlines' CEO in 2014, leaving many questions unanswered after three years of searching.
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