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    Hong Kong protest updates

    US consulate personnel in Hong Kong were revealed to have held meetings with student representatives who led the class boycott campaign. This news stirred up Hong Kong society, sparking heated discussion.

    Some students kicked off a week-long boycott of classes from September 22. The Hong Kong opposition camp now is busy with preparations to launch the "Occupy Central" protest during the National Day holidays. Behind the scenes is external support from the US and the West, as has been proven by the latest media exposures.

    Western support serves as an anchor to the pan-democracy camp. They are emboldened by Western champion, misperceiving what they are doing as a moral cause and misjudging the risks that "Occupy Central" could bring.

    Sino-US relations are complicated. Competition is a normal state of the bilateral relationship. The more divergences Hong Kong has, the greater the possibility that it will draw attention from the US and be used as a card to trouble China.

    The US has plenty of approaches to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, either through covert meddling, or blunt intervention. If China disregards the temporary turbulence in Hong Kong, the influence of US tactics will abate.

    From an overall perspective, China's strategic initiative in the China-US relationship has been on the rise. The US influence on Hong Kong is not significant enough to be a trump card in competition with China. But the problem is that some radical forces in Hong Kong are catering to the US, which may increase US leverage.

    Hong Kong society should have a grand vision and be clearly aware of its position in the strategic rivalry between China and the US. Hongkongers should firmly object to radical forces, who are attempting to kidnap the destiny of the whole region for their own political ends. The US will inevitably stretch its hands into Hong Kong. If Hong Kong turns into a wrestling field of the US to hedge China's rise, that will be a disaster for all of Hong Kong.

    Washington hasn't started openly intervening in Hong Kong. The pan-democracy camp had better not count on that. Hong Kong's development cannot afford any direct collision and confrontation between China and the US in the region. China hopes for a prosperous Hong Kong with great sincerity and motivation.

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    Re: US consulate personnel in Hong Kong incite separatism

    The US does this all the time to other countries, aren't their actions illegal?

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    Re: US consulate personnel in Hong Kong incite separatism

    Just the other day Obama was calling on world leaders not to interfere in other countries matters.
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    Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    Beijing. supporters of democracy in Hong Kong 'umbrella Revolution', the sixth day on Thursday added to the tensions. China has warned that the movement is not over, so he can not even imagine what it will do. China has supported Hong Kong's chief administrator Liung Chin Ying. Chinese newspaper People's Daily on Thursday appeared in his threat. It is written that if some people have not considered the same as it was at in 1989 on Main Thyen. The ultimatum expired on Thursday after thousands of young surrounded the office of chief administrator. Rubber bullets have been sent with the police again.

    The performance of 17-year-old Joshua tallest leader says, "When the government is outraged when she says that a little compromise, I ask why?" He's known firebrand teenager. Born October 13, 1996 Hong Kong Open University student Joshua Wang. Earlier studies have United Christian College. From the time of birth they had dyslexia disease. The people have trouble reading and speaking. Thousands of them are motivated to speak today.

    - The first anti-high speed rail in the very young age took part in the protest.
    - Aktivist student group called Scolrijm built in 2011.
    - Moral and National Education in 2012 to oppose the government's policies.

    Performance of the five other warlord
    1. Benny Tai (50): law professor and co-founder of Central Okyupai. 2. Chan Kim-value (55): sociologist. Educated at Yale University. Co-founder of Central Okyupai. 3. EU-Ming Chu: Thyen on Main street in 1989, helped the students movement. Protesters in Hong Kong are still helping. 4. Edward Chin: hedge fund manager. Okyupai central to finance. 5. Alex Chow (24): literature student. Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.
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    Re: Performance of Hong Kong: China's threat, said people did not agree, then

    I am convinced China wont take any crap from the protestors and a peaceful but forceful solution will be confirmed over the weekend.

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    Re: Performance of Hong Kong: China's threat, said people did not agree, then

    Quote Originally Posted by Pak92 View Post
    I am convinced China wont take any crap from the protestors and a peaceful but forceful solution will be confirmed over the weekend.
    it can never be peaceful they are saying that they will repeat 1989 if people didn't agree

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    Shanghai Tower reaches for sky and record

    The 632-meter Shanghai Tower (right), located in Lujiazui, Shanghai's financial zone, is scheduled for completion in 2015. It is the second-tallest building in the world. [Yan Daming / China Daily]
    Skyscrapers have been sprouting up around China in recent years on an unprecedented scale with more in the making, and the country is expected to host six of the world's 10 tallest buildings by 2020, reports Wu Yiyao in Shanghai.




    The 632-meter Shanghai Tower will become China's tallest building and the world's second-tallest after the 828-meter Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai.
    Located in Lujiazui, Shanghai's financial zone, the skyscraper, to be completed in 2015, will not hold the title for long.

    Zhongnan Center, in Suzhou in Jiangsu province, is planned to be more than 700 meters high, according to the city's urban planning department.

    In Wuhan, capital city of Hubei province in Central China, a 1,000-meter-tall twin tower has been designed and, if approved by the government, will be erected in 2018.
    "There is no end to the competition for the tallest building. For many developers and investors, it is a game of the taller the better," said Zhang Yuanzhi, project agent in Shanghai." A tall building embodies power - both architectural and financial."

    Skyscrapers have been sprouting up around China in recent years on an unprecedented scale.
    By 2020, China should have six of the world's top 10 skyscrapers, according to the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.

    China will dominate global super-tall building development in the next five years. Its number of such buildings - more than 200 meters high and with more than 40 stories - will account for 70 percent of world's total, according to a report by realty service provider CBRE Inc.
    CBRE said about 51 percent of China's super-tall buildings are in second-tier cities, including Shenyang in Liaoning province and the municipalities of Chongqing and Tianjin.
    Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, said skyscrapers reflect a city's aspiration and competence.

    "If you look at the names of the towers, you'd see the changes," said Wood.
    In the past, a tower was usually named after an enterprise such as the Rockefeller Center in New York or Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. Now they are called Shanghai Tower, Wuhan Center and Canton Tower, said Wood.

    However, some analysts and market insiders have expressed concerns about an oversupply of such tall buildings in some metropolises, especially those cities with less experience of managing such buildings.
    "Some second- or lower-tier cities face risks of an oversupply," said Frank Chen, head of China research at CBRE.

    He noted some cities are only regional centers and do not have much appeal to attract tenants.
    Andy To, executive director of asset services at CBRE China, said many of the developers in emerging markets believe that once the super-tall buildings are built, tenants will eventually come but in many cases it does not turn out to be the case.

    The many aspects of a city's condition - business environment, tax rates, market transparency, government efficiency, infrastructure, communications and human resources - are all important factors in an authority deciding whether the city needs many tall buildings, said To.
    Sophie Lo, a department director at a company in one of the super-tall buildings in Lujiazui, said she likes to work in such a place.

    "The prestigious location indeed helps the business as people believe that a company that can pay rents usually 30 percent higher than other office buildings must be financially secure," said Lo.
    Li Zhijie, who works on the 40th floor of a building that used to be one of the tallest buildings in the Lujiazui area decades ago, sees some disadvantages.

    "The bad thing is that you feel isolated working in a tall building," said Li. "Dining in the neighborhood is often quite expensive. The cost of being in a prestigious location is not low."

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    Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called “Arab Spring” began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong.

    The Washington Post would report in an article titled, “Hong Kong erupts even as China tightens screws on civil society,” that:

    Chinese leaders unnerved by protests elsewhere this year have been steadily tightening controls over civic organizations on the mainland suspected of carrying out the work of foreign powers.

    The campaign aims to insulate China from subversive Western ideas such as democracy and freedom of expression, and from the influence, specifically, of U.S. groups that may be trying to promote those values here, experts say. That campaign is long-standing, but it has been prosecuted with renewed vigor under President Xi Jinping, especially after the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych following months of street demonstrations in Kiev that were viewed here as explicitly backed by the West.

    The Washington Post would also report (emphasis added):

    One foreign policy expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject, said Putin had called Xi to share his concern about the West’s role in Ukraine. Those concerns appear to have filtered down into conversations held over cups of tea in China, according to civil society group members.

    “They are very concerned about Color Revolutions, they are very concerned about what is going on in Ukraine,” said the international NGO manager, whose organization is partly financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), blamed here for supporting the protests in Kiev’s central Maidan square. “They say, ‘Your money is coming from the same people. Clearly you want to overthrow China.’ ”

    Congressionally funded with the explicit goal of promoting democracy abroad, NED has long been viewed with suspicion or hostility by the authorities here. But the net of suspicion has widened to encompass such U.S. groups as the Ford Foundation, the International Republican Institute, the Carter Center and the Asia Foundation.

    Of course, NED and its many subsidiaries including the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute do no such thing as “promoting democracy,” and instead are in the business of constructing a global network of neo-imperial administration termed “civil society” that interlocks with the West’s many so-called “international institutions” which in turn are completely controlled by interests in Washington, upon Wall Street, and in the cities of London and Brussels.



    Image: While the Washington Post would have readers believe NED is in the business of promoting “freedom of expression” and “democracy” the corporate-financier interests represented on NED’s board of directors are anything but champions of such principles, and are instead notorious for principles precisely the opposite.

    The very concept of the United States ”promoting democracy” is scandalous when considering it is embroiled in an invasive global surveillance scandal, guilty of persecuting one unpopular war after another around the planet against the will of its own people and based on verified lies, and brutalizing and abusing its own citizens at home with militarized police cracking down on civilians in towns like Ferguson, Missouri – making China’s police actions against “Occupy Central” protesters pale in comparison. “Promoting democracy” is clearly cover for simply expanding its hegemonic agenda far beyond its borders and at the expense of national sovereignty for all subjected to it, including Americans themselves.

    In 2011, similar revelations were made public of the US’ meddling in the so-called “Arab Spring” when the New York Times would report in an article titled, “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings,” that:

    A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington.

    The article would also add, regarding NED specifically, that:

    The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department.




    Image: US Senator John McCain on stage in Kiev, Ukraine cheerleading US
    funded sedition in Eastern Europe. In 2011, McCain would famously taunt
    both Russia and China that US-funded subversion was coming their way.
    “Occupy Central” is one of many waves that have hit China’s shores since.


    Pro-war and interventionist US Senator John McCain had famously taunted both Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping’s predecessor in 2011 that the US subversion sweeping the Middle East was soon headed toward Moscow and Beijing. The Atlantic in a 2011 article titled, “The Arab Spring: ‘A Virus That Will Attack Moscow and Beijing’,” would report that:

    He [McCain] said, “A year ago, Ben-Ali and Gaddafi were not in power. Assad won’t be in power this time next year. This Arab Spring is a virus that will attack Moscow and Beijing.” McCain then walked off the stage.

    Considering the overt foreign-funded nature of not only the “Arab Spring,” but now “Occupy Central,” and considering the chaos, death, destabilization, and collapse suffered by victims of previous US subversion, “Occupy Central” can be painted in a new light – a mob of dupes being used to destroy their own home – all while abusing the principles of “democracy” behind which is couched an insidious, diametrically opposed foreign imposed tyranny driven by immense, global spanning corporate-financier interests that fear and actively destroy competition. In particular, this global hegemon seeks to suppress the reemergence of Russia as a global power, and prevent the rise of China itself upon the world’s stage.

    The regressive agenda of “Occupy Central’s” US-backed leadership, and their shameless exploitation of the good intentions of the many young people ensnared by their gimmicks, poses a threat in reality every bit as dangerous as the “threat” they claim Beijing poses to the island of Hong Kong and its people. Hopefully the people of China, and the many people around the world looking on as “Occupy Central” unfolds, will realize this foreign-driven gambit and stop it before it exacts the heavy toll it has on nations that have fallen victim to it before – Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Egypt, and many others.

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    Re: US Now Admits it is Funding “Occupy Central” in Hong Kong

    Wonder when the US will earn the title of a 'rogue state', they are involved in most of the world's troubles, they have a hand in everything bad going on in the world right now.

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    Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    BEIJING: Hong Kong's democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline, even as it faces a long-term challenge from mainland rival Shanghai.

    Demonstrators, sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands, have taken to Hong Kong's streets over the past week to demand free elections for the city's leader in 2017, a display of civil disobedience initially met with tear gas from riot police and later attacks by unidentified men.

    Large-scale disruption has triggered fears in the semi-autonomous city that Beijing, which does not tolerate any challenge to its rule, may seek to penalise it for the show of popular intransigence.

    The greatest threat could be for the leadership to sideline the free-wheeling former British colony in favour of China's emerging financial centre Shanghai, where authorities established a much-vaunted free trade zone (FTZ) a year ago.

    "Because Hong Kong is now standing up to China, it is seen as an unreliable partner," said Francis Lun, a financial analyst and CEO of Hong Kong-based Geo Securities.

    "This will escalate (the trend) that Shanghai will one day replace Hong Kong as the financial capital of China.

    "If the tide changes, there is no going back," Lun added. "It could happen. It could happen very fast."

    But experts maintain that Hong Kong is not at risk of being marginalised in the short-term. That would be self-defeating for Beijing, which continually stresses that the city is part of China, and itself uses it as a key economic conduit.

    Taking measures to economically punish Hong Kong would just "harden views" in the territory, noted Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

    "Obviously, they're not happy about what's happening in the protests, but they're still trying to model a lot of the (financial) reforms on the mainland on Hong Kong," Evans-Pritchard said.

    "So, I don't think they want to set Hong Kong back. It would be silly to have a tit-for-tat."

    'I will use you'

    Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and has its own government and legal system, with its residents enjoying rights and freedoms unknown on the Chinese mainland.

    Nonetheless the protests are fuelled by soaring inequality and living costs as well as anger over the cosy relationship between the city government and its financial elite, contributing to a sense of disenchantment among the younger generation.

    Hong Kong, known for its open approach to business, was ranked the world's freest economy this year for the 20th consecutive year, according to the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. Mainland China, by contrast, ranked 137th.

    Analysts cite Hong Kong's "transparent and fair" legal system as a keystone of the bridge it forms between China and the global financial community.

    The city is also a major destination for mainland Chinese investors, with nearly 60 percent of Chinese outbound investment either directed to or channelled through it by the end of 2012, according to China's Ministry of Commerce.

    Beijing is moving slowly to open up its capital markets and promote the yuan as an international currency.

    But at the same time it is looking to maintain its control over key economic levers -- and foreign firms have lamented the sluggish pace of promised reforms in the Shanghai FTZ.

    "Obviously there's a clear preference for China to develop Shanghai," said ANZ senior economist Raymond Yeung. "But that doesn't mean they've already abandoned Hong Kong."

    The pro-democracy Occupy Central campaign was first announced last year but officials still pushed ahead with plans for a cross-trading scheme between Hong Kong and Shanghai's stock markets, he pointed out.

    "It's too simplistic to think that 'You're naughty, and I don't want to take care of you any more'. The leaders of China today are very pragmatic: 'So long as you can deliver, then I will use you.'"

    Narrowing gap

    Yet while Hong Kong need not worry about being eclipsed by its mainland rival in the short-term, the dynamic could shift as the territory's full return to Chinese control in 2047 nears.

    At that point, Hong Kong will probably still retain some of its "inherent advantages" such as the widespread use of English, Evans-Pritchard said, but may stand to lose others, such as its independent legal system.

    "I could see a scenario in the very long run -- after it returns to China in 2047, if basically it loses its special status -- then at that stage you wonder," he said.

    "I do think Shanghai will become increasingly important and it could overtake Hong Kong, at least as a domestic financial centre."

    For his part Yeung felt Shanghai was unlikely to displace Hong Kong, but added: "Obviously a convergence will be coming, because China is catching up, Shanghai is catching up.

    "So the gap between Shanghai and Hong Kong will narrow; this is undoubtedly true."

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    Re: Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    These protests are getting a lot of coverage in the US media, but I doubt that the situation is really that bad. Hong Kong is probably better than most other US cities today.
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    Re: Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    [MENTION=50]Neo[/MENTION] [MENTION=8]KingKong[/MENTION] [MENTION=6294]kashifraza[/MENTION]
    Anybody supporting free elections ?
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    Re: Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnostic_Indian View Post
    [MENTION=50]Neo[/MENTION] [MENTION=8]KingKong[/MENTION] [MENTION=6294]kashifraza[/MENTION]
    Anybody supporting free elections ?
    I don't see what the problem is?

    Hong Kong is doomed in the sense that it will no longer has the overwhelming economic advantage versus mainland cities. Hong Kong's advantage from 1950s to early 1990s is mainly due to its unique status as the conduit connecting Europe and China, which does quite a bit trading even during the height of cold war, but by the 21st century, cold war has ended (or at least in the sense that Europeans are sick of it), international political landscape has changed enough that Hong Kong would have lost that advantage anyway. As a result, Hong Kong and other major cities would gradually fall inline with each other.

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    Re: Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    Quote Originally Posted by kashifraza View Post
    I don't see what the problem is?

    Hong Kong is doomed in the sense that it will no longer has the overwhelming economic advantage versus mainland cities. Hong Kong's advantage from 1950s to early 1990s is mainly due to its unique status as the conduit connecting Europe and China, which does quite a bit trading even during the height of cold war, but by the 21st century, cold war has ended (or at least in the sense that Europeans are sick of it), international political landscape has changed enough that Hong Kong would have lost that advantage anyway. As a result, Hong Kong and other major cities would gradually fall inline with each other.
    Comment on where you stand regarding allowing free elections and more democratic freedom.
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    Re: Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

    Bad move from China,its not only an image changer but also Hong Kong being an important financial centre not only for the Chinese investors but also for the rest of the world.
    It is only in China's favor to have two financial centres.restrict freedom in Hong Kong and many investors will leave and in the long run Shanghai alone will make the Chinese economy more vulnerable when investors stay away.
    Its not like China is a stable economic powerhouse(yet).

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    Hong Kong protests: Police use pepper spray in new clashes

    Fresh clashes have broken out between Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters, with officers using pepper spray and batons against the crowd.

    Thousands of protesters gathered at Mong Kok district, reclaiming part of a protest site cleared by police earlier on Friday.

    Police said they arrested 26 people for charges including assault.

    A police operation earlier this week sparked outrage after a video emerged of officers beating a protester.

    Government officials and student activists, who are leading the protests, have agreed to meet on Tuesday for talks, local media report.

    The protesters are angry about China's restrictions on who can stand in Hong Kong's next leadership election in 2017.

    Police retreat
    Riot police cleared tents and barricades from a Mong Kok road early on Friday morning, saying it was needed to ease traffic congestion caused by the rallies, which have lasted three weeks.



    Thousands of protesters had previously occupied the area but reports said there were just dozens left when police moved in.

    However, the crowd of pro-democracy protesters swelled on Friday evening, and some activists attempted to break through police lines to re-occupy the road.

    Violent scuffles erupted, with protesters using their umbrellas to defend themselves against pepper spray.

    Eventually, police were forced to retreat from some of the roads, while there were reports of protesters rebuilding barricades.

    Police said that there were about 9,000 protesters at the site early on Saturday.

    Fifteen police officers were injured in the clashes, police added.

    Several protesters were seen being knocked to the ground during the scuffles, AP news agency reported.

    Protest group Occupy Central issued a statement (in Chinese) saying that the clearance operations ordered by the government had "triggered a new wave of occupations and worsened relations between police and citizens".

    The Mong Kok camp in Kowloon is an offshoot of the original protest site around government offices in Admiralty on Hong Kong Island.

    Protesters and police are also congregating at Admiralty, although there have been no reports of clashes.





    Also on Friday, the Foreign Correspondents' Club issued a statement condemning the detention of Getty photographer Paula Bronstein, who stood on a car while covering the protests.

    "The Hong Kong Police have also been threatening other journalists at the scene; one was told he would be beaten with a baton if he tried to cross the road.

    "These tactics are a flagrant violation of the media's right to report this unfolding story," the group said.

    Escalating tensions
    Earlier on Friday, Alex Chow from the Federation of Students said both his group and the government had agreed to meet next Tuesday, in talks that would be broadcast live on radio, South China Morning Post reported.

    Hong Kong leader CY Leung said on Thursday that the government was ready for talks, but China would not retract its decision to vet candidates for the 2017 elections.



    The last time talks were scheduled they were cancelled by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who said it was impossible to have constructive dialogue while the occupation of city streets continued.

    Protester numbers have dropped off since the start of the month, when tens of thousands were on the streets. But tensions escalated this week, with violent clashes as police cleared an underpass on Lung Wo Road near the chief executive's offices.

    A video showing plainclothes police officers beating an unarmed protester, who is a member of the pro-democracy Civic Party, also sparked outrage.

    Police said seven officers had been suspended pending an investigation.

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    56 suspected Chinese visitors arrested in Hong Kong

    BEIJING: Fifty-six mainland Chinese visitors have been arrested in a series of pre-Christmas immigration raids, Hong Kong officials said.The tourists, all from the mainland, are suspected to have been illegally working in the so-called parallel goods trading around the New Territories, which is an automatic breach of their condition of stay in Hong Kong.
    Those arrested were found to be buying food, milk powder, wine, cosmetics, skin-care products, daily necessities, shoes, mobile phones and other electronic products, with the intention of reselling those products across the border, dodging higher taxes on the mainland.
    Parallel trading in most goods is not illegal in Hong Kong, so the action against the traders is taken under the immigration laws, on the ground that they have violated their condition of stay.
    Codenamed “Windsand”, the joint effort by police and the Immigration Department is part of an ongoing operation to discourage parallel trading. The latest operation ran from Monday to Wednesday.
    The 56 mainland visitors, including 29 men and 27 women aged from 29 to 72, were arrested in Castle Peak Road, San Tin and areas around Manor Garden and Man Tin Cheung Park in Lok Ma Chau, as well as Ka Fu Close, San Wan Road and Advanced Technology Centre in Sheung Shui.
    Visitors are not allowed to take up employment in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without the permission of the Director of Immigration,” an Immigration Department spokesman said.Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties. The Immigration Department will continue to take enforcement action…against the offences concerned.”
    Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction may face a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment.
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