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Natural Disasters

China’s Great Flood as seen from the sky

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China’s Great Flood as seen from the sky

RT

Aug 19, 2020/ 1.10 min

Impressive drone footage shows the great extent of the worst floods in at least 30 years in China.

Not surprisingly, many of the causes for these floods can be tracked down to human intervention.

Some experts claim climate change is partly to blame, since rains were caused by increased vapors arising from the Indian and Pacific oceans.

On the other hand, although local governments in recent years have made steps to implement nature-based flood mitigation strategies, the ever-growing Chinese population has forced a large number of lakes and other wetlands to be reclaimed into farmland or urban development. The shrinkage and disappearance of these lands is inevitably an important reason for the aggravation of flood disasters.

There are also some concerns that the Three Gorges Dam (built in part to deal with floods), is unable to deal with severe events, which somewhat defeats its purpose.

Politics

Hong Kong: Scuffles and arrests during protest on 1st day under new security law

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Hong Kong: Scuffles and arrests during protest on 1st day under new security law

Ruptly

Jul 1, 2020 / 2.14 min

China has formally passed a new controversial security law, giving it new powers over Hong Kong which lead hundreds to turn out to protest the legislation.

The new law’s key provisions, will give Beijing powers to effectively curtail protest and freedom of speech over the special administrative region.

Naturally, critics say the introduction of this law amounts to a breach of the “one country, two systems” principle.

Earlier in May, scuffles had already break out between Hong Kong lawmakers with the predictable passing of a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, including it’s use for commercial purposes.

Politics

Scuffles break out between Hong Kong lawmakers as pro-China camp elects chair

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Scuffles break out between Hong Kong lawmakers as pro-China camp elects chair

The Telegraph

May 18, 2020 / 1.01 min

Clashes broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature after an announcement that pro-Beijing lawmaker Chan Kin-por was elected chair of a key committee.

With this victory, a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, including it’s use for commercial purposes, will be passed shortly. Fines could go up to 50 000 Hong Kong dollars and prison sentences up to 3 years.

The growing concern is that this is just the latest page on what seems to be another step towards the end of the “One country, two systems” constitutional principle of the People’s Republic of China (describing the governance of Hong Kong and Macau).