Hong Kong activist Nathan Law says arrived in London

Elias Hubbard
July 14, 2020

As bilateral tensions escalate over matters ranging from the coronavirus, trade, the new Hong Kong security law and allegations of human rights violations against Uighurs in the Xinjiang region, the US government alerted American citizens on Saturday to "exercise increased caution" in China.

Chinese state lenders were revamping contingency plans over the threat of US sanctions, according to a Reuters report last week.

"Despite the threat of the national security law, there are still almost 600,000 people coming out to vote", Au Nok-hin, one of the organizers of the primaries, said, according to the AP.

The unofficial poll will decide the strongest pro-democracy candidates to contest elections for the legislative council in September, when those candidates will aim to ride a wave of anti-China sentiment stirred by the law to seize control from pro-Beijing rivals for the first time.

Hong Kong police on Friday raided the office of election co-organiser Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI), the night before the democratic primaries, local broadcaster HK01 reported.

The law enforcement raid could have assisted in supporting to publicize the primary election, even so, with the information of the function circulated during the metropolis. "But I am not afraid of any "white terror" as I am just exercising my rights".

A majority of USA companies in Hong Kong surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) are concerned about the sweeping new national security law in the global financial hub, with a third looking to move assets or business longer-term.

In the hrs right after it grew to become law, multiple political get-togethers disbanded, together with a single launched by well known activist Joshua Wong. Online, people scrubbed social media profiles and deleted accounts, and asked contacts to wipe WhatsApp messages from them.

While the us government has again and again insisted the law is only going to affect a little minority of Hong Kongers and was necessary for protecting national security, it has been met with widespread opposition both in the town and overseas.

Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials have defended the law as a necessary step to curb months of sometimes-violent unrest that rocked the former British colony past year before the global Covid-19 pandemic quieted the city's protest movement. Canberra said it will also give you a path to citizenship for Hong Kongers, following UK's promise to enable some 3 million Hong Kongers to settle there should they wise.

In a survey of 183 businesses revealed Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce identified that 76% of respondents were being anxious about the legislation, with 40% expressing they were "really worried". "This may lead to a situation where China arrests people based on political motives". They pledged to veto the government's budget if they clinch a majority in the legislature.

Respondents said their main concerns about the law were ambiguity and the potential effect on the independence of the judiciary, and a dark majority, 52%, said they could consider leaving Hong Kong as result of the law.

CNN's Eric Cheung contributed reporting.

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