Hong Kong medical workers vote to strike as outbreak worsens

Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals voted to begin a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland.The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said there were about 99 per cent of “Yes” votes cast by its members on Saturday. More than 9,000 members have pledged to take part, first in...

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China’s new ambassador to Canada is threatening “very firm countermeasures” if Parliament adopts a motion calling for sanctions over alleged Chinese human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.China has long warned against what it considers foreign meddling in its internal affairs, but Ambassador Cong Peiwu upped the tone Thursday in...

Wounded China Strikes Back After House Passes Uyghur Sanctions Bill

China angrily hit back Wednesday after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on Uyghur ethnic Muslims, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights legislation on Hong Kong. The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act denounces the arbitary detention of an estimated one million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and others in Xinjiang, home to the...

Pro-democracy activists urge Trudeau to show some ‘guts’ dealing with China

HALIFAX — Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to find some “guts” and make like his American counterparts to hold China to account for ugly protests in the semi-autonomous region.Emily Lau, chair of the Hong Kong Democratic Party’s foreign affairs committee, was a key speaker at the weekend’s Halifax Security Forum, where she expressed cynicism...

‘Time to calm down’: Hong Kong protests simmer ahead of local elections

HONG KONG, Nov 23 (Reuters) — An uneasy calm settled over Hong Kong on Saturday as the city prepared to go to the polls for local elections seen as a referendum on months of anti-government protests, after weeks of especially violent clashes between police and demonstrators.On the grounds of the besieged Polytechnic University on the Kowloon peninsula, a dwindling number of protesters...