EU leaders will talk on trade and investment with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, despite tensions over Hong Kong's freedoms and Beijing's treatment of its Uighur minority, news wires reported. Chinese officials, EU chiefs Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a video-conference to replace a full summit with all 27 EU leaders cancelled because of coronavirus.
The US on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the territory's current and former police chiefs and eight other officials for their role in curtailing political freedoms in the territory, news wires reported.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections, scheduled for September, by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak, news wires reported.
As expected, the UK announced on Monday that it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in what is seen as an escalation of a dispute with China over its introduction of a national security law for the former British colony.
UK will on Monday suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in a further escalation of its dispute with China over the introduction of a security law in the former colony, British outlets reported during the weekend.
The US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ended trade preferences for Hong Kong and signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub, news wires reported.
More than half a million people have turned up to vote on the second and final day of Hong Kong's primary elections, held by the city’s pro-democracy camp over the weekend. The turnout is reflecting steely support for the movement despite Beijing’s imposition of a national-security law that has curbed public expressions of dissent in recent weeks.
Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a “golden era” in UK-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory.