Beijing will not back down on new Hong Kong security law: Carrie Lam

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, above, is in Beijing on June 3, 2020 to discuss the new security law. (Reuters)
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Updated 03 June 2020

Beijing will not back down on new Hong Kong security law: Carrie Lam

  • Britain steps up criticism of the move

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday the central government will not back down on plans for national security legislation for the financial hub, even as Britain stepped up criticism of the move.
Lam, speaking during a trip to Beijing to discuss the new security law, was flanked by Hong Kong’s justice secretary Teresa Cheng, its security secretary John Lee and its police chief Chris Tang.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said Britain will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China imposes a national security law that would conflict with its international obligations under a 1984 accord.


Philippines confirms 12 coronavirus deaths, 1,387 more cases

Updated 11 July 2020

Philippines confirms 12 coronavirus deaths, 1,387 more cases

  • The Philippines has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days

MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 12 coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,372 while confirmed cases have reached 54,222. The Philippines has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days.