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Taiwan’s pork protest against the US
Thousands of people in Taiwan’s capital Taipei have joined an annual demonstration against the easing of restrictions against imports of American pork which contain a controversial food additive.
Rebel City: Hong Kong protest documentary lands on SCMP
The South China Morning Post, the parent company of Inkstone, is releasing a comprehensive new documentary about Hong Kong’s tumultuous anti-government protests of 2019, marking a year since a climactic showdown at a university campus. The hour-long production, titled China’s Rebel City, combines the access, expertise and on-the-ground reporting of award-winning Post journalists to deliver a no-holds-barred account of the events that pushed the city to the brink and reshaped its political landscape. The documentary, a companion piece to the book Rebel City: Hong Kong’s Year of Water and Fire, published in June, is being released in four parts. The first installment comes today on platform
Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified after a Beijing resolution
Four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers have been disqualified with immediate effect after China’s top legislative body passed a resolution giving local authorities the power to unseat politicians without having to go through the city’s judicial system. The legislators unseated on Wednesday were Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Dennis Kwok, Kenneth Leung and Kwok Ka-ki, all members of the pro-democracy bloc. They had previously been banned from running in the 2020 legislative elections before the polls were postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  A stipulation from China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), said that lawmakers would immedia
US measures against Hong Kong unlikely to be rolled back under a Biden presidency, analysts say
Donald Trump’s earlier moves to sanction Hong Kong officials and end the city’s special trade status are unlikely to be rolled back, even if his challenger Joe Biden secures the US presidency, political watchers say. But while Biden was expected to press on with tough policies against China – especially in relation to technology and the economy – he was less likely to use Hong Kong as a pawn than his predecessor, and would be more inclined to return to diplomatic norms in the United States’ ongoing tussles with China, they added. “Biden will still have to deal with some of Trump’s legacies,” said Wilson Chan Wai-shun, secretary general of the Global Studies Institute (Hong Kong) think tank,
Asia greets tight US election with a giant shrug
The close US election, with the twists and turns involved in the vote-counting process – as well as seeming rival claims of victory – was a messy outcome anticipated by the region’s investors and political punditry. Speaking to South China Morning Post reporters across Asia, observers and analysts said a rising stock market on Wednesday and Thursday reflected the distinct lack of panic in the region. Still, there remained some anxiety about the knock-on effects for security in flashpoint regions such as the Taiwan Strait and the Korean peninsula if Washington remains distracted with internal politics for an extended period. As of press time, the outcome was being decided based on the final
How everyday Chinese people saw the US election
With several key states across the US still counting votes, the 2020 US presidential election remained undecided when Inkstone went to press on Wednesday evening in Asia.  Sitting president Donald Trump expressed confidence that he would win during a late-night press conference, citing advantages in key swing states. Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden told a crowd in Delaware that he believes “we’re on track to win this election” as millions of votes remain to be counted.   The US election is closely watched worldwide, as the outcome has ripple effects that stretch beyond its borders. In China, people have found it “exciting” and “entertaining” to watch the democratic process unfold, desp
China to ban more Australian imports
Wheat exported from Australia is expected to join a list of goods banned by China, which has already halted imports of barley, sugar, red wine, timber, coal, lobster, copper ore and copper concentrates from the country. Beijing’s latest actions came as tensions between the two nations escalated since April when Canberra pushed for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus.
A fugitive tycoon is accused of a US presidential election misinformation campaign
In the run-up to the US presidential election, Chinese fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui is being accused of helping to promote unverified claims linking Democratic candidate Joe Biden to China.  Guo is most famous for making incendiary accusations against Beijing, fleeing China and finding sanctuary in the US.  The amplification of stories about Biden’s son Hunter and his alleged business ties to China was part of coordinated and sophisticated attempts to interfere with Tuesday’s US election, according to John Pan, a former collaborator with Guo, who is based in Australia. “Guo’s intention is to interfere with the US election,” Pan told the South China Morning Post in an interview. “He may not be
‘Shy Trump voters' may prove decisive in 2020
US President Donald Trump stirred controversy on Sunday when he tweeted out a video of a fleet of trucks, flying Trump flags, apparently harassing a campaign bus for the campaign of candidate Joe Biden.  This political brashness has manifested itself in the US with Trump boat parties, sales of memorabilia far outstripping Biden gear and political rallies that are attended by thousands despite the country being the global center of the coronavirus pandemic.  But these people are unlikely to worry Biden supporters. They have already been “priced in” as the core of Trump’s base.  The unknowable potential voter block is the “shy Trump supporter”: those who are traditionally apolitical but have f
3 takeaways from China’s all-important political meeting
Every autumn, when the leaves are about to turn golden in the capital city of Beijing, China’s top politicians gather to meet and set policy agendas for the nation. They call the meeting the plenum, or plenary session. Held annually, the plenum is a formal closed-door meeting, attended by 200-plus members of the Central Committee, an elite political body that includes the top leaders of the Party. It is the ruling Communist Party’s most important political meeting outside of the Party Congress, which is held every five years.  Think of the plenum as an annual executive board meeting for the Party. The most elite members arrive at the meetings to analyze the country’s past performance and ide