Freedom of speech is not absolute: Hong Kong government

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Freedom of speech is not absolute, the government of Hong Kong responded Friday to growing concerns from the British government about recent developments 21 years after th...

Ex-HK chief likens Hong Kong and Taiwan independence supporters to 'criminals and terrorists' 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The former leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, has come forward to promote state censorship and de-platforming of pro-democracy and pro-independence voices in Hong Kong,...

Chinese infringement on press freedom puts ‘knife on the neck of HK people’: HKJA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With China increasingly tightening its grip on Hong Kong over freedom of the press, Hong Kong Journalists Association warned in its annual report on July 29 the dire situa...

British government ‘concerned’ over Hong Kong’s move to ban political party

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With Hong Kong authorities set to outlaw the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), the British government expressed concerns in a statement issued July 18. ...

Human rights group condemns China on 21st anniversary of Hong Kong handover

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Human rights group "International Monitor of Hong Kong Civil and Political Rights" (IMHKCR) condemned China for its political persecution in Hong Kong at a press...

Hong Kong approves controversial joint checkpoint plan for China-HK express rail link

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A joint checkpoint plan passed by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on June 14 has stirred up controversy in the autonomous territory of China as it would allow the en...

Bill passage seen as increasing China's hold over Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill that will allow Chinese authorities to enforce their own laws within a portion of the semi-autonomous territory. Independen...

High-speed rail sparks co-location controversy in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (East Asia Forum) -- On 27 December 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) endorsed a joint-checkpoint "co-location" scheme for the Guang...

Economic wins and lives lost during Duterte’s first year

MANILA (East Asia forum) -- The first year of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was marked by sustained GDP growth of 6.7 percent — above average for ASEAN countries. T...

Hong Kong bans young pro-democracy hopeful from election 

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong government barred a young pro-democracy activist on Saturday from an upcoming election over her party's political platform that it said violates electoral laws...

Japan to write Indo-Pacific strategy into ocean plan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An Indo-Pacific strategy to keep sea lanes open and protect claims to offshore islands will feature in an ocean policy document to be presented by the government of Japan ...

China raises penalty for disrespecting anthem, extends law to Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Taiwan) – On Saturday Nov. 4 the Chinese government formally extended legal repercussions for disrespecting the Chinese national anthem to include Hong Kong. The National People's Co...

Hopes and fears in Hong Kong, Taiwan amid China's congress

HONG KONG (AP) — It wasn't just the dark-suited delegates in Beijing who were listening intently last week as Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his grand ambitions to launch a twice-a-decade Commu...

Design for human rights

2017 is the 60th anniversary since modern design was first taught in Taiwan, and it is time to think reflectively about the nature of design and pursue progress. Without great design, good con...

Paragliding operator in Taiwan’s Pingtung County shares profits with local indigenous community

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The Saichia paragliding park located in Sandimen Township, Pingtung County, on Tuesday signed an agreement with the local indigenous community to allot 40% of its profits to...