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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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China names former paramilitary chief as HK garrison commander (Al Jazeera)

China has appointed a former paramilitary chief, Peng Jingtang, as the new commander of the People Liberation Army’s (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong, state broadcaster CCTV reported late on Sunday citing the PLA spokesman. Peng, who holds the rank of major general, was previously the deputy chief of staff of China’s paramilitary police force, the […]

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Hong Kong’s Chow Hang-tung jailed in second Tiananmen vigil case (Al Jazeera)

A prominent Hong Kong activist has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for incitement for a banned vigil to commemorate those who died in Beijing’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Chow Hang-tung, the former vice chairwoman of the now-disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, was handed the […]

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Hong Kong leader rejects claims of press freedom ‘extinction’ (Al Jazeera)

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said that she could not accept suggestions that press freedom in the city faced “extinction”, as independent media outlet Citizen News closed over safety fears, days after a police raid on another independent media outlet led to sedition charges against senior staff. Hong Kong leader rejects claims of press freedom […]

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90 lawmakers sworn into office, unveiling new chapter for HK governance (Chen Qingqing, Global Times)

Hong Kong’s 90 new lawmakers were sworn into office on Monday, as the seventh-term Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) began its four-year term of office on Saturday. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, administered the oath-taking ceremony. Update: 90 lawmakers sworn into office, unveiling new chapter for HK governance […]

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Hong Kong’s Citizen News to close, amid fears for staff’s safety (Al Jazeera)

Hong Kong independent online news outlet Citizen News is to close on Tuesday after five years, in the face of what it described as a deteriorating media environment in the Chinese-ruled territory and concerns about the safety of its staff. The announcement, made on social media on Sunday, comes less than a week after some […]

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Hong Kong creative designers cry foul over bitter government expenses row in cross-border start-up project (Denise Tsang, SCMP)

Seventeen young creative designers are embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Hong Kong Federation of Design and Creative Industries over unpaid expenses since 2020 for a cross-border pioneer project, the Post has learned. Hong Kong creative designers cry foul over bitter government expenses row in cross-border start-up project | South China Morning Post (scmp.com)

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Hong Kong’s Stand News outlet shuts down after police raid (Al Jazeera)

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Stand News online media outlet says it is ceasing operations following a police raid and arrests of current and former editors and board members. The outlet issued a statement on Wednesday saying its website and social media are no longer being updated and will be taken down. It said acting Editor-in-Chief Patrick […]

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When its own democracy fails, why still try to sell it to HK? Senior Chinese policy advisor fights back against Western countries’ criticism over HK election (Chen Qingqing, Global Times)

Top Chinese policy advisors on Hong Kong affairs slammed the recent criticism made by some Western-led blocs such as the G7, Five Eyes and EU over Hong Kong’s electoral system reform and the Legislative Council (LegCo) election, saying such criticism only reflects the old-fashioned colonial mindset of the West while they face severe crises in […]

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Hong Kong’s new LegCo to focus on economic development: candidates (Global Times)

The closely watched Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) election on Sunday is raising high hopes for social and economic development in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), as the new LegCo is expected to avoid chaos and disruptions and focus on industrial policies and further integration with the Chinese mainland, LegCo candidates told the […]

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China issues white paper on HKSAR democracy, stresses CPC, central govt’s role as guardian of its democracy (Global Times)

Shortly after the Legislative Council election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) concluded on Monday morning with all 90 seats elected, the Chinese central government released a white paper on Monday titled Hong Kong Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems, which stresses that there is no question that the […]