Breaking: A court in #HongKong has convicted nine pro-democracy figures over their participation in a pro-democracy rally in August 2019. 2 pleaded guilty and the other seven are convicted.
One of the convicted is Martin Lee, known by many as "the father of democracy" in #HongKong. Here's an interview I did with him a little bit before he announced that he would no longer take any more foreign media interviews prior to the passage of #NSL:…
Another one is former legislator and prominent barrister Margaret Ng and here's my interview with her just days before #HongKong's #NSL came into effect:…
Another one of them is Albert Ho, former pro-democracy legislator. Here's my interview with him following the first arrest of media tycoon Jimmy Lai:…
Another one of them is former pro-democracy legislator Lee Cheuk-Yan, who I talked to several times since last year. Here's my interview with him after #HongKong banned the annual Tiananmen Vigil:…
Jimmy Lai himself was also among those convicted today. One of my last conversation with him was highlighted in this interview, during which he described the #NSL as the "death knell" for #HongKong:…

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1 Apr
Some sentimental words from Lee Cheuk Yan to the younger generation in #HongKong in our interview: "I think for the younger generation in Hong Kong, I would say that I’m really proud of them, because they all have showed the spirit in the fight during the protest movement.
I’m sad about the sacrifices that the younger generation has to pay for Hong Kong. I think what we also learned is that we all have to learn to pay the price. Thanks to the younger generation for showing us their courage and the defiant spirit."
"I think in the future, we should focus more on unity. Sometimes there may be differences in the strategies, but I think one thing very clear is that all the people in Hong Kong share the same fate and we share the same struggle."
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1 Apr
I was able to get a hold of Lee Cheuk-Yan yesterday, as I imagine it probably will be one of the last public interviews that he was able to do before Thursday's trial. Here's what he said to me about the march at the center of this case in #HongKong:
"We are very honored to be with the people at the march and I want to remind the people that it was a big march and big rally that 1.7 million people responded to the call for a peaceful assembly in Victoria Park."
"What we have done is actually just helping people disperse, but helping people to disperse has now been charged as an illegal march.
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1 Apr
Scoop from @wsjeva: #China's propaganda officials reportedly discussed how to pushback against international criticism on its policies in #Xinjiang and the possibility of pressuring foreign companies with biz interests in #China was raised.…
"As officials discussed responding in a similar manner on Xinjiang, the topic of cotton came up, two of the people familiar with the matter said. The possibility of pressuring foreign companies with business interests in China to advance Beijing’s interests was also discussed."
"Some scholars present at the meeting argued that Beijing needed to loudly refute every false story or statement about Xinjiang, the people said. Other scholars and political advisers suggested China should respond reasonably ...
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1 Apr
In light of the news of @BBCWorld correspondent forced to leave #China, I'm re-upping this interview that I did with @iandenisjohnson last year following the revelation that he was expelled from the country after spending years reporting from China.…
"The biggest thing is there will be a lot less in-depth reporting on China. Now, there is a lot of spin, and a lot of people tweeting things and coming up with ways of analyzing things related to China."
"However, now there is less "boots-on-the-ground" investigative reporting that involves going out and actually talking to people. Without that, we lack facts in dealing with China."
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1 Apr
China said on Wednesday at the @UN Security Council that it rejects sanctions #Myanmar and calls for "democratic transition."…
"We hope that all parties in Myanmar can keep calm, exercise restraint," adding that any attack on the people and businesses in Myanmar "is unacceptable," Ambassador Zhang Jun said.
On the other hand, @UN Special Envoy on #Myanmar told a session of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that “a bloodbath is imminent” because of the military’s intensified crackdown on anti-coup protesters.…
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31 Mar
A day after @WHO head @DrTedros said #China failed to provide some key data to the WHO experts for the #COVID19 origin probe, Chinese scientists called the accusation is “baseless.”…
But Liang Wannian, who was co-leader of the joint study, told reporters that researchers from both sides had access to the same data throughout the investigation and that the assertions about lack of access were not accurate.
Responding to allegations that the expert panel did not have access to complete datasets and samples, Liang said no scientist ever had perfect information.
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