Tag: Hong Kong


China selects first Hong Kong-based astronaut for its space programme – Times of India

NEW DELHI: China’s space agency announced the selection of its first astronaut from Hong Kong on Tuesday, reported South China Morning Post. A local policewoman, previously involved in a secret technical services division, has reportedly been chosen for the national space programme.Hong Kong chief executive John Lee Ka-chiu hailed this development as a “glorious” moment in history for the city.He emphasized the move as a sign of the country’s commitment to fostering science and technology growth in Hong Kong.“This shows the country’s emphasis on the development of science and technology in Hong Kong and affirms the strength of the city’s innovation and technology talents,” he said before meeting with the Executive Council, the government’s top decision-making body.However, the identity ...

After crackdown on Hong Kong, overseas communities carry the torch to keep Tiananmen memories alive – Times of India

HONG KONG: As the 35th anniversary of Beijing's Tiananmen Square crackdown neared, Rowena He, a prominent scholar of that bloody chapter of modern China's history, was busy flying between the United States, Britain and Canada to give a series of talks. Each was aimed at speaking out for those who cannot. The 1989 crackdown, in which government troops opened fire on student-led pro-democracy protesters, resulting in hundreds, if not thousands, dead, remains a taboo subject in mainland China.In Hong Kong, once a beacon of commemorative freedom, the massive June 4 annual vigil that mourned the victims for decades has vanished, a casualty of the city's clampdown on dissidents following huge anti-government protests in 2019. He was still reeling from the loss of her academic position after H...