James Pomfret

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26 Jun 2019 | 9:30 PM

Hong Kong activists urge G20 leaders to help 'liberate' city

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people in Hong Kong joined an evening protest and marched to major foreign consulates on Wednesday, urging leaders gathering for this week's G20 summit to back their demand to scrap a much criticised extradition bill.

26 Jun 2019 | 8:44 AM

Pro-China groups step up offensive to win over Taiwan

TAIPEI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - When Taiwanese businessman Jhang Yun-nan wanted to find buyers for his company's new cleaning products in China, he turned to an unconventional channel: A Taiwanese party that advocates the unification of China with the self-ruled, democratic island.

20 Jun 2019 | 5:49 PM

Governing Hong Kong: the poisoned chalice of politics

HONG KONG (Reuters) - When Carrie Lam was selected for Hong Kong's top job two years ago, she pledged to "unite and move forward", a sign she would balance the desires of the city's free-wheeling citizens against the demand for control from the Communist Party in Beijing.

17 Jun 2019 | 5:55 PM

China won't allow Hong Kong leader to step down despite mass unrest - Hong Kong official

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing will not let Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, step down even if she wanted to, a senior city government official close to her said on Monday, adding that a divisive extradition law she delayed on the weekend was effectively withdrawn.

16 Jun 2019 | 10:13 PM

Hong Kong leader says sorry as protesters insist she quits

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam apologised to its people on Sunday as an estimated 1 million-plus black-clad protesters insisted that she resign over her handling of a bill that would allow citizens to be sent to mainland China for trial.

16 Jun 2019 | 1:46 PM

Brusque to bruised: Hong Kong's Lam caves to pressure on extradition bill

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - With an escalating U.S. trade war, a faltering economy and tensions in the South China Sea vexing her bosses in Beijing, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam appeared in no mood to compromise on a planned extradition law at recent meetings, according to foreign envoys and business people who met with her.

14 Jun 2019 | 9:53 PM

Support wavers in Hong Kong for bill allowing extraditions to China after protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cracks appeared on Friday in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law to allow extraditions to China, and opponents of the bill said they would stage more demonstrations after hundreds of thousands took to the streets this week.

14 Jun 2019 | 7:22 PM

Exclusive: Hong Kong police 'trapped in the middle' by polarising extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Several senior Hong Kong police officials feel caught between a rock and a hard place as city leader Carrie Lam tries to ram through contentious extradition laws that have triggered violent clashes between police and protesters.

11 Jun 2019 | 11:59 PM

Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets as extradition bill protests turn to chaos

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial descended into violent chaos.

10 Jun 2019 | 4:29 PM

Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China, a day after the city's biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.