With Rising Violence, China Pushes Hong Kong Toward Civil War

A traffic police officer in a man was set on fire after defending Beijing in an argument. Both individuals were listed in critical condition. Over the weekend, wide-scale disturbances scarred the territory, a semi-autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China. There is essentially the first fatality linked to police action during a protest, but many believe the police have killed others. Demonstrators called protesters the enemy of the people. Her provocative Cultural Revolution-speak comment came on the heels of her November 4 meeting with Chinese ruler Xi Jinping. China is apparently controlling events, and either out of obliviousness or maliciousness, it is making the situation worse. Beijing has been doing that by forcing Lam to take a hard line. …

Hong Kong protesters defy ban on masks as they clash with police

Petrol bomb thrown at metro station and government offices vandalised as unrest continues Thousands of protesters are continuing to defy a ban on wearing masks in Hong Kong as clashes have again taken place between demonstrators and authorities. A petrol bomb was thrown at the gate of a metro station, and two government offices and a cafe were vandalised, although the mood on Saturday was less tense than at recent protests because police had not used teargas. Late on Saturday, however, the mood changed when police fired a shot outside the Mong Kok police station. The shot, possibly a rubber bullet or sponge round, was fired after a small group of protesters shouted obscenities and shone laser at police officers, …

Change will come to China, but not through following western ways | Hans van de Ven

As it celebrates its first 70 years, the Peoples Republic might benefit from re-examining its past On Tuesday, 15,000 perfectly groomed military personnel, each between 5ft 9in and 6ft 1in tall, will march down Changan Avenue in Beijing. Some 170 aeroplanes and 580 ballistic missiles, drones, tanks, machine guns and other military kit will showcase the might of the Peoples Republic of China. The parade marks the 70th anniversary of the day that Mao Zedong announced the founding of the Peoples Republic from atop the Tiananmen Gate. It will inspire a sense of pride among Chinese citizens and worries among their neighbours, especially Taiwan. However, to measure the state of China now, it is worth bearing in mind another anniversary …

Hong Kong: Revolution is war, and no war is without bloodshed

Anger is rising as the state crackdown intensifies, and protesters say they are prepared for confrontation and sacrifice Ryan Lee, a 27-year-old computer engineer, only started taking part in Hong Kongs demonstrations in June. Since then, it has been a steep learning curve. He has tackled a police officer to the ground to rescue another protester, tossed teargas canisters back at the police and covered the gas grenades with the metal dishes commonly used in Hong Kong for steaming fish. Within weeks, Lee has transformed into a militant fighter one of the black-clad protesters in full protective gear who have faced off week after week with police behind makeshift barricades. Saturday was no exception when police in riot gear stormed …

Will China Invade Hong Kong? Or Taiwan Instead?

Xi Jinpings choices on would not be out of character for Xi. For many, an invasion of Taiwan or some other belligerent act seems inconceivable, but the events of the last few weeks have been nothing short of extraordinary. Unfortunately, anything can happen now. Beijing made headlines on Wednesday when Wu Qian, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman, demonstrations started over an extradition bill, sponsored by Hong Kongs Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The bill would permit fugitives to be sent to, among other jurisdictions, mainland China. Last weekend, the number of demonstrators was significantly less than in June but the nature of the disturbances was of far greater concern for Beijing. The seventh straight weekend of protests saw young demonstrators thought …