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Man accused of spying gave false testimony: lawyers

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- A man indicted on charges of espionage had been pressured by authorities to give false testimony, lawyers representing him said Thursday. In a press conference held earlier in the day, an organization called Minbyun, or Lawyers for a Democratic Society in English, said the 40-year-old suspect, identified only by his family name of Hong, is not a North Korean spy.

H.K. official admits Beijing's meddling in local affairs: reports

The top aide to Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has admitted that Beijing interferes in the territory's local affairs, a possibly unconstitutional act under the former British colony's mini-constitution, according to news reports Tuesday. Shiu Sin-por, head of the Central Policy Unit, the Hong Kong government's think tank, told Hong Kong media on the sidelines of the National People's Congress annual session in Beijing that Hong Kong people should keep a cool head towards interference by Beijing's representatives here over local affairs.

H.K. official admits Beijing's meddling in local affairs: reports

The top aide to Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has admitted that Beijing interferes in the territory's local affairs, a possibly unconstitutional act under the former British colony's mini-constitution, according to news reports Tuesday. Shiu Sin-por, head of the Central Policy Unit, the Hong Kong government's think tank, told Hong Kong media on the sidelines of the National People's Congress annual session in Beijing that Hong Kong people should keep a cool head towards interference by Beijing's representatives here over local affairs.

Xu Chongde, drafter of China's Constitution, dies at 85

Xu Chongde, a Chinese scholar who helped draft China's first Constitution after the Chinese Communists came to power in 1949 as well as the basic charters of Hong Kong and Macao, died Monday at age 85, his family and the Renmin University of China said Tuesday. Xu's daughter-in-law told Hong Kong's RTHK radio and television station that he suffered a heart attack at his Beijing home Monday night and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

HK Chief Executive's loyalty tied to Basic Law

HK Chief Executive's loyalty tied to Basic Law HONG KONG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam stressed Friday the requirement that the Chief Executive must love the country and Hong Kong has been made clear in Basic Law provisions.

H.K. to hold public consultation on democratic development by yearend

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said Thursday a long-awaited public consultation on the territory's democracy development will be launched around the end of the year. The Beijing-backed chief executive told a legislative session that a newly set up taskforce headed by Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam will steer the consultation process, over which pro-democracy groups have criticized the government for dragging its feet.

New U.S. envoy to Hong Kong vows to push for democracy

By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - The new U.S. envoy to Hong Kong insisted on Tuesday that Washington would not be silenced by China in calling for democracy in the global financial hub, vowing to continue speaking out for core rights and freedoms. U.S. Consul-General Clifford Hart's first public speech in the former British colony came amid rising political and diplomatic tensions that have included formal warnings from China that Western nations must not meddle in the city's politics.

Chan warns civil disobedience could rise in Hong Kong

As many as half a million people took to the streets on July 1 a decade ago to vent their anger against social unrest caused by government maladministration, planned legislation of a national security bill, years of poor economic performance and the outbreak of a fearsome disease, SARS. The security bill was shelved and two ministers and then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa resigned as a result of the unexpected turnout for the march, which has now become an annual venue for public protest.

H.K. leader denies "pretext" delayed U.S. arrest order for whistleblower

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said Thursday his law enforcement agencies were following legal procedures in handling an arrest request made by the United States for whistleblower Edward Snowden. The U.S. Justice Department claimed that Hong Kong officials "feigned confusion" over the process of arresting Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who revealed massive U.S. internet and phone surveillance programs and took refuge in Hong Kong until Sunday when he reportedly flew to Russia.

H.K. chief defends handling of Snowden affair

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying on Monday defended his government's decision to allow former US spy Edward Snowden to leave the city, and said it was normal for him to discuss foreign-policy matters with Beijing. Leung broke his long silence on the affair to amplify a government statement issued on Sunday when Snowden dramatically flew out of Hong Kong, escaping a US arrest warrant.
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