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  • Hong Kong tourism, retail sector hit hard by protests

    HONG KONG -- The Chinese holiday that began Wednesday is usually a busy season for Hong Kong's tourism industry and retailers, but the pro-democracy demonstrations here have forced stores to close and are keeping some visitors away. Protest org

    October 2, 2014 01:48 am JST
  • China faces democracy contagion from Hong Kong and Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Beijing was not in a celebratory mood when it condemned protestors in Hong Kong for "undermining stability" during its 65th National Day anniversary on Wednesday. Citizens in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China si

    October 2, 2014 12:09 am JST
  • China taking pains to prevent Hong Kong protests from spreading

    BEIJING -- Chinese authorities are tightening their grip, including censoring the media, to prevent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong from influencing public opinion on the mainland. They have blocked video and audio news reports about t

    October 2, 2014 12:03 am JST
  • China trying to avert another Tiananmen in Hong Kong

    BEIJING -- As pro-democracy protests grow in Hong Kong, China's Communist Party leadership faces a delicate balancing act. Beijing wants to contain the situation without forcefully intervening. The protesters, whose numbers have soared in the pa

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yuan-based IPOs face headwind in Hong Kong

    BEIJING -- It has been more than three years since the Hong Kong stock exchange opened its doors to yuan-denominated stocks. But while exchange-traded funds in the Chinese currency are thriving, few companies in the city have embraced the idea of is

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwanese cheer on Hong Kong activists

    TAIPEI -- Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong are enjoying an outpouring of Taiwanese moral support, including from President Ma Ying-jeou. "We fully understand and support the Hong Kong people's demand for universal suffrage," Ma said Mond

    October 1, 2014 04:02 am JST
  • Hong Kong protests have the makings of a marathon

    HONG KONG -- Students camped out on the streets here are preparing for a test of endurance in their fight for electoral freedom, raising concerns about the economic consequences of their effort. Speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, Hong Kong C

    October 1, 2014 03:13 am JST
  • China stands by one country, two systems policy: Xi

    BEIJING -- China will honor its promise to Hong Kong of 50 years of self-rule and seek to ensure the territory's long-term prosperity, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday. China and Hong Kong can build a better future together, Xi also said, strik

    October 1, 2014 03:13 am JST
  • Glimmer of hope for Hong Kong market amid protests

    HONG KONG -- Pro-democracy protests continue to rattle the Hong Kong stock market, but some shares have stopped falling in a positive sign right before the stock exchange is set to close for a two-day holiday. The Hang Seng Index declined for th

    October 1, 2014 01:08 am JST
  • Hong Kong democracy protesters defy heat and rain

    HONG KONG -- The temperature was sweltering in Hong Kong and foul pollution cast a pall over the city before a thunderstorm broke during the evening on Tuesday. But none of this deterred tens of thousands of demonstrators from flocking once again to

    October 1, 2014 01:00 am JST
  • U.S. supports Hong Kong demonstrators' call for democracy

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States supports "the aspirations of the Hong Kong people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, referring to demonstrators who are protesting Beijing's plan for a restrictive leadership election in t

    September 30, 2014 08:38 am JST
  • Hong Kong protestors redouble sit-ins

    HONG KONG -- Protestors seeking more freedom for Hong Kong to choose its own leader took to the streets in greater numbers here Monday, growing into the tens of thousands by nightfall. Although riot police pulled back, Beijing shows no sign of r

    September 30, 2014 03:55 am JST
  • Hong Kong prodemocracy protests continue amid police crackdown

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- A prodemocracy demonstration in Hong Kong against China's installing an "undemocratic" plan for the territory's 2017 leadership election continued into Monday and the crowd grew by nightfall, obstructing traffic and business whi

    September 30, 2014 02:15 am JST
  • Hong Kong Exchanges chief plays down protests' market impact

    HONG KONG -- The pro-democracy protests roiling the central business district here may produce short-term volatility in the financial markets, but in the end the "market carries on," the chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing told repor

    September 30, 2014 01:47 am JST
  • Nissan begins testing commercial EV in Hong Kong

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is putting its e-NV200 commercial-use electric vehicle through its paces in Hong Kong, with an eye toward future sales in Asia. The test run, aimed at gathering performance data, is being conducted in cooperation with a loc

    September 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • H.K. prodemocracy protest continues despite warnings from China

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- A prodemocracy demonstration in Hong Kong against China's "undemocratic" plan for the territory's 2017 leadership election continued into Monday morning, obstructing traffic and business, despite being called off late Sunday aft

    September 29, 2014 12:44 pm JST
  • Hong Kong police use tear gas to break up protests

    HONG KONG (Dow Jones) -- In the harshest response against protesters in Hong Kong in nearly a decade, police used pepper spray and repeated rounds of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy crowds in several parts of the city. An effort by police to

    September 29, 2014 04:39 am JST
  • Hong Kong pro-democracy activists launch "Occupy Central" movement

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong announced the launch of a much anticipated protest early Sunday morning to bring the territory's financial center to a halt in response to Beijing's plan for the territory's 2017 leader elect

    September 28, 2014 11:54 am JST
  • 34 injured, 74 arrested amid scuffles between Hong Kong students, police

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Clashes with police involving hundreds students protesting what they see as the Chinese government's move to undermine democracy in Hong Kong's leadership election left at least 34 people injured and dozens more arrested overnig

    September 28, 2014 12:45 am JST
  • Beijing's clout 'detrimental' to Hong Kong's free-market reputation, legislator says

    HONG KONG -- Charles Mok Nai-kwong is a pan-democratic legislator in Hong Kong representing the information technology industry. He is a well-known Internet specialist in the city and an advocate of media and online freedom. He recently answered que

    September 26, 2014 09:30 pm JST