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Democracy activists' books disappear from Hong Kong libraries after new law
Democracy activists' books disappear from Hong Kong libraries after new law
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Books written by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker Tanya Chan, have started to disappear from the Chinese-ruled city’s public libraries. According to Reuters, the books are being reviewed to see whether or not they violate a new national security law.

On Twitter, Joshua Wong wrote "Less than a week after #NationalSecurityLaw has been put in place, #Hongkong's public libraries started to put books under review and suspend them from lending, including two of mine published in 2013 and 2015.".

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China forces Uyghurs to have less children through mandatory birth control, abortions and other measures
Uighur women in Kashgar
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In order to reduce the number of Chinas Muslim population, the Chinese government is reportedly forcing women of the minority onto birth control and to do regular pregnancy checks.

According to Associated Press women are also forced to abort pregnancies, to take birth control as well as forcing them to get sterilised. The failure to comply with these measures is the main reason why people of the minorities are sent to detention camps.

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China approves Covid-19 vaccine for usage in its military
China approves Covid-19 vaccine for usage in its military
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The Chinese military has developed a Covid-19 vaccine in its research unit together with the biotech firm CanSino Biologics. The vaccine has now been approved for military use as it shows a "good safety profile". Currently, the approval has been granted for one year as the studies are not fully conclusive and the vaccine only shows the potential to prevent symptoms from the Covid-19 infections. CanSino Biologics has also stated that it can't guarantee public access to the vaccine.

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500,000 Chinese people go into lockdown again
500,000 Chinese people go into lockdown again
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Near Beijing, 500,000 people are in mandatory lockdown again.

The Chinese government has announced that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the capital city has risen again and the city of Anxin will now be "fully locked and controlled". Only one person per household is allowed to go outside to buy groceries and medicine.

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Hong Kong annual pro-democracy demo banned by police
Hong Kong annual pro-democracy demo banned by police
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For the first time in 17 years, since the demonstration has first been held in 2003, the Hong Kong police have banned the annual pro-democracy demonstration on July 1. According to the organizers the police stated that the reason for the ban is the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the claim that social distancing measures wouldn't be able to be upheld as well as previous unrest. The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) has shared an official letter which stated that only group gatherings of up to 50 people could be permitted.

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Beijing closes schools and cancels flights amid rising Covid-19 cases
People, who had been in contact with the Xinfadi Wholesale Market waiting in line for nucleic acid testing at a Chinese epidemic control testing site at Beixiaguan Street, Haidian District, June 16, 2020
People, who had been in contact with the Xinfadi Wholesale Market waiting in line for nucleic acid testing at a Chinese epidemic control testing site at Beixiaguan Street, Haidian District, June 16, 2020 Credit: 舞月書生 / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Beijing's health alert has been raised to the second-highest level on Tuesday after medical authorities have confirmed 106 new Covid-19 cases since last week. In response, the city has closed schools and Beijing Airport has cancelled over 1,200 flights in an effort to contain a second outbreak. A new cluster of cases is believed to have its origin in the Xinfadi wholesale food market and almost 30 residential compounds have been put under quarantine. Beijing reported 31 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday.

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Thousands sing in Hong Kong for first anniversary of protests

Across the city, thousands of protestors have sung a protest anthem and chanted slogans to mark the one year anniversary of the ongoing demonstrations. The police have declared the protests unlawful and made several arrests, saying that they are in breach with the Anti-Covid-19 regulations regarding large groups.

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Japan declined to condemn China for Hong Kong law
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping
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Japan has declined to join Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States in issuing a statement condemned China for imposing a new security law on Hong Kong.

The statement condemned China on May 28 for pushing a law that would threaten freedom and breach a 1984 Sino-British agreement on the autonomy of the former colony.

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Singapore announces wearable device for Covid-19 tracing
San Marina Bay, Singapore
San Marina Bay, Singapore Credit: Mike Enerio

In order to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore has announced that it'll launch a wearable Bluetooth based device to track the spread of the coronavirus. This comes after the developed apps sometimes have connection problems when running in the background of the phones and is a step towards higher inclusivity as not every person is the possession of a smartphone.

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China: Security Guard Hurts 40 Children

A security guard at a primary school in southwest China has severely injured some 40 children with a knife.

The perpetrator was arrested, the motive is still unknown.

There are repeated attacks by criminals in kindergartens and schools, often the perpetrators justify their actions with resentment and perceived injustice.

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Chinese parliament approves national security law for Hong Kong
The Great Hall Of The People
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The National People's Congress passed a new security law for Hong Kong, which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in the territory.

The new law bans sedition, secession and subversion of the central government and allows China's state security agencies to operate in the city.

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Wuhan has completed over 2.4 million tests for Covid-19 in two days

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the Covid-19 originated, has successfully tested around 2.4 million people in just two days. The city council had ordered the mass testing with the goal to find hidden carriers and prevent a second wave of outbreaks, as the lockdown in the city has been eased. Wuhan plans on continuing the testing with the aim to test all 11 million residents.

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China abandons GDP goal for the first time since 1990

The Chinese premier Li Keqiang has announced in his opening speech of the National People's Congress (NPC) that the country would not set a goal for the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country. According to him the decision was made based on the uncertainties due to the "Covid-19 pandemic and the world economic and trade environment".

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Passenger plane crashes near Karachi, Pakistan

A plane from the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has crashed into a residential area near Karachi in Pakistan. Currently, it's unclear if any of the 99 passengers and eight crew members have survived or what the reasons for the crash are. According to some reports the pilot had called in technical difficulties minutes before the crash.

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Wuhan plans on testing all 11 million residents for Covid-19

The different city districts of Wuhan have been ordered to submit plans on how to test their whole population within ten days. The city plans to test all of its 11 million citizens while focusing on vulnerable groups and real estate compounds first.

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China reclassified city near Russia and North Korea as "high risk" again

After multiple locally transmitted cases, China has reclassified the city of Shulan near the borders of North Korea and Russia as "high risk" and has closed all public places including cinemas, libraries and others with the order that all residents must stay home with the exception of "unusual circumstances". The country had reported a total of 17 new cases on Sunday.

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Chinese state media dismisses accusation that Covid-19 originated in a laboratory

The Global Times newspaper, which is owned by the Chinese State and controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, has published an editorial article reaction to the accusation of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that there was "enormous evidence" for a laboratory origination of Covid-19. The article stated that "Pompeo does not have any evidence, and during Sunday's interview, he was bluffing" and asks for Pompeo to "present this so-called evidence to the world".

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Hong Kong police arrest at least 14 pro-democracy activists

The police of Hong Kong have arrested at least 14 long time pro-democracy activists. Some of the activists have been charged with the illegal organization of protest marches in 2019.

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Shenzhen announces plans to ban sale and consumption of cat and dog meat

The new law will put into place starting on May 1st. Shenzhen will be the first city in the country to enact such ban and does so after the coronavirus pandemic was linked to the consumption of wildlife animals by scientists. The cities government sai, according to Reuters, that "Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals" and that consumption ban is a common practice in developed countries.

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China closes borders to prevent now Covid-19 from travellers

Most of the new coronavirus cases in China over the past weeks have been detected in people coming from abroad, while the newly reported local infections have steadily declined. On some days there were zero new local cases. In total China reported around 500 new cases over the past weeks and announced that it'll close its borders as a response.