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A group seeking election to the student union of Hong Kong’s oldest university has revealed it plans to adopt a more discreet approach to political issues under the shadow of the national security law, striking a balance between staying true to its values and avoiding the legislation’s pitfalls. “Defiance”, the sole contenders to run the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) student union, also pledged on Tuesday to be more cooperative following management’s decision last week to cut off services to the body, which came two weeks after Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily described it as a “malignant tumour”. HKU on Friday said the intervention was necessary as it accused the student union in recent years of using the campus to spread “propaganda” and make “inflammatory and potentially unlawful public statements and unfounded allegations against the university”.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The university’s sidelining of the union – which is independently registered under the Societies Ordinance – includes reasserting control over the body’s facilities, cutting off its access to financial services and stopping the collection of dues on its behalf. The management’s approach sparked fury among some students and alumni, who organised petitions against the decision. Grilled by fellow students on Tuesday ahead of the by-election being held between May 24 and 28, the proposed student cabinet Defiance said it wanted to “strike a balance between freedom of speech and legal risks”. The four-member group was asked about its stance on HKU management’s moves last week, as well as its take on sensitive political issues. They earlier described the HKU intervention as “drawing a clear line of demarcation with the [student] union”, but told the consultation session they hoped at this stage to show “goodwill” to the administration. University of Hong Kong cuts off services to student union over ‘propaganda’ “That does not mean we are backing down on our values,” said presidential hopeful Kwok Wing-ho, adding it would still “exhaust every way to protect [and ensure] that the student union can still manage the [facilities it previously controlled]”. The union’s 68-page campaign booklet referred to “dwindling freedom of speech and imminent suppression” faced by HKU’s student union. The manifesto added the risks surrounding students taking part in union activities were unprecedented, with the body “facing the grimmest challenges it has ever seen”. The candidates also said they planned to handle political issues more discreetly, although they pledged to “speak out against injustice” in their campaign booklet. “We will [for instance] issue statements on important issues,” Kwok said. As examples, he pointed to HKU severing ties with the union last week and Beijing’s sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system, which include cutting the number of directly elected seats in the legislature. One student asked the group if it would arrange a screening of Inside the Red Brick Wall – a documentary featuring a 13-day stand-off between protesters and police at Polytechnic University at the height of the 2019 anti-government protests – even if HKU management disapproved of such an event. The aspirant cabinet said would consider doing so in venues outside the university, but would also consider the legal risks. “We will not actively hold [activities] that would risk breaching the law. We would also seek legal advice,” he said. “We have to strike a balance between legal risks and freedom of speech, such that students’ safety [as participants] can be eventually protected.” Kwok added: “We are neither lawyers, judges nor national security officers, so we cannot know for sure what may or may not break the law. But we have to resign [to the fact] that authorities have already declared certain phrases and slogans as unlawful.” Most of Hong Kong’s eight public universities have been left without popularly elected student unions this year, with some young people deterred from putting themselves forward for election for fear of falling foul of the national security law. Only PolyU’s student union is still operating after being elected by their peers in February. In March, Chinese University’s popularly elected student union cabinet resigned on the same day as taking office, shortly after school management severed ties with the student body over concerns its pre-election manifesto could be in violation of the national security law, which was imposed last June and bans acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. University management also accused the union of “exploiting” the campus for their political agenda.More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong protests: Civil Human Rights Front refuses to cooperate with police investigation into its activitiesHong Kong protests: students say lifetime ban on teacher over ‘biased’ materials unfair and disproportionateThis article National security law: University of Hong Kong student union hopefuls plan cautious approach to avoid flouting Beijing-decreed legislation first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 4 May 2021 - UK government projections for its British National (Overseas) (BNO) visa scheme to attract 150,000 applicants in the first 12 months and 300,000 within five years are firmly on track. In mid-April, just ten weeks post launch, 35,000 Hongkongers had applied for the visa. The scheme is open to 5.4 million Hong Kong residents in total. The scheme's popularity is consistent with the 2020 research findings of UK Holmes, a London property search agent, on the subject of UK property investment. Of the 1,000 survey respondents, 80% indicated that they intended to apply for the BNO visa. Critically, these are people in the prime of their working lives:70% are aged between 30-49 35% earn HKD1m plus and 9% have an annual income in excess of HKD2m40% are employed in the finance and technology sectors. London's strong financial and tech job markets One of the major motivations to move to London was more diversified and professional job opportunities, with 58% of respondents affirmative on this point. Whilst both Brexit and the global pandemic have cast a pall on much of the UK economy, the outlook is considerably brighter for both finance and technology markets. The City of London is second only to New York City in global financial rankings and is home to 402,000 finance sector employees. In defiance of gloomy predictions of job losses post Brexit, a 2020 Financial Times survey of 24 large international banks and asset managers found that the majority had increased their London headcount over the past five years. According to the UK's Tech Nation Report 2021, London achieved stellar growth of 87% in tech investment from USD5.6bn in 2018 to USD10.6bn in 2020. But finding local talent is problematic. In March the BBC reported that a leading think tank, The Learning and Work Institute, identified that over the past six years there has been a 40% drop in students taking IT subjects at GCSE level. Accenture says that demand for AI, cloud and robotic skills is soaring. Emigrants focus on schools and security Looking at other motivational factors for the move to the UK, the report from UK Holmes found that 36% of respondents were focused on financial benefits. Significant areas of concern were access to good quality schools (36%) and neighborhood security (22%), indicative of the fact that a high proportion of these Hongkongers looking to start a new life in the UK are young families. UK government steps up support for BNO visa holders On April 8, the UK government announced a £43m support package for BNO visa holders arriving into the UK, of which £30.7m will go to councils across England to assist with English language training and housing support. A further £5m will be used to establish 12 "virtual" welcome hubs across the country that will provide local helplines advising on school admissions, registering with a doctor and even starting a business. Hongkongers' mature outlook on London housing On the subject of housing, Hongkongers have been prominent investors in London's new-build property developments in Prime Central London (PCL) over recent years. Yet the UK Holmes report identified that 75% of respondents are interested in looking at established properties. This apparent contradiction is explained by the fact that only 17% of respondents were 'pure' investors. A total of 42% were intending to initially buy a UK home for investment purposes before occupying within the first two years whilst 34% were intending to occupy their new home immediately. In a sign of growing market maturity 65% of respondents stated a preference for employing a UK-based property search agent to assist with their home purchase, double the 32% who were inclined to use a Hong Kong based equivalent. Contrary to all expectations the London residential market experienced strong growth in 2020, posting average gains approaching 9%. London market offers shrewd investors excellent opportunities Reflecting on this, Terry Stephens, founder of UK Holmes, commented: "The London property market in 2020 produced some unexpected winners and losers. But the first point to acknowledge is that the government's economic rescue packages, both the furlough scheme and stamp duty holiday, underpinned the frenzy of sales activity and surging prices." "Equally compelling was the reaction of London residents to lockdown as housing transformed into remote offices, gyms and education centers. This created a desire for increased space, both indoors and outdoors, and an exodus from inner London to its leafier outer suburbs. The winners were vendors selling semi-detached and detached houses. The luxury home market was also a significant beneficiary of the £15,000 stamp duty saving on properties valued at £500,000 or above." "The losers were those selling flats, particularly those in Inner London, which experienced blowouts in time on the market and price drops. Aside from the change in buyer preferences, the market was also negatively impacted by a mass emigration of European immigrants due to Brexit and the trading embargo on high street hospitality and retail markets." "But the story is more complex than that and, to the untrained eye, the uneven price performance of neighboring London boroughs looks bewildering. The bottom line is that the London market is actually a complex ecosystem of individual markets that are being distorted by a variety of forces, not all of which will prevail in the longer term. There are excellent buying opportunities in London in 2021 but this isn't a market for the faint-hearted. Before buyers take the plunge, they need to do their homework very well."About UK HolmesUK Holmes is a London-based residential property buying agent providing turnkey solutions for offshore buyers. UK Holmes employs London's House Detective, a property professional with 12 years' experience. His in-depth knowledge of how to successfully navigate the complexities and pitfalls of the London market to find customers their ideal home provides true peace of mind. To learn more, please visit www.ukholmes.com.#UKHolmes
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The fate of the European Union’s investment deal with China fell further into doubt after an EU spokeswoman was forced to deny a report on Tuesday saying it had suspended the treaty’s passage to ratification. The French news agency AFP quoted EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis as saying in an interview: “We have … for the moment suspended some efforts to raise political awareness on the part of the Commission because it is clear that in the current situation, with the EU sanctions against China and the Chinese counter-sanctions, including against members of the European Parliament, the environment is not conducive to the ratification of the agreement.” AFP’s Twitter feed used the headline “#BREAKING EU suspends efforts to ratify China investment deal: commissioner”, sparking debate among EU-China watchers, trade analysts and others on the social media network.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. But an EU spokeswoman said Dombrovskis’s comments had been taken out of context. In a written statement, the EU said: “The agreement needs to be now legally reviewed and translated before it can be presented for adoption and ratification. However, the ratification process of the [deal] cannot be separated from the evolving dynamics of the wider EU-China relationship.” It continued: “In this context, Chinese retaliatory sanctions targeting members of the European Parliament, and an entire parliamentary committee, are unacceptable and regrettable. The prospects for … ratification will depend on how the situation evolves.” The deal needs to be approved by the parliament but also the EU Council, which is made up of all 27 heads of state, before it can becomes law. Chinese sanctions leave investment deal with EU on the rocks With dozens of members of the European Parliament being sanctioned by China in March in response to low-level EU sanctions on Chinese officials for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, it seems unlikely to get the votes required in 2022. Nonetheless, the depth of the opposition to the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) could be seen in the reaction to the suggestion that the EU was ready to kill it before it reached the parliament. “Considering the frenzied lobbying of multinationals and the German government for the CAI, it’s a huge victory!” tweeted Raphael Glucksmann, a French MEP sanctioned by China in March. Hannah Neumann – a German MEP and a vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the entire membership of which was sanctioned – said that regardless of whether Dombrovskis had spoken out of context, the parliament would vote to take the decision out of the commission’s hands in a motion that would see all debate on the CAI frozen until sanctions are lifted. “There will be a resolution in parliament in the May session. Given the debate we had in plenary and earlier, in the human rights committee, I see a majority to put the CAI ‘in the freezer’, meaning not to deal with it, as long as China upholds its sanctions against elected members of parliament as well as the human rights committee,” Neumann told the South China Morning Post. China, meanwhile, has been urging EU leaders to make faster progress on the treaty. EU lawmakers vow to kill China investment deal over Beijing’s sanctions In a readout of a call between President Xi Jinping and German and French counterparts, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Chancellor Angela Merkel had remarked that “she hopes that with joint efforts from both sides, the EU-China investment agreement will take effect at an early date”. These or similar words were absent from the German readout. Antoine Bondaz, a China analyst with the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris, said that China’s sanctioning of MEPs had sealed the deal for the investment deal, which he believed would not pass. “China brilliantly succeeded in doing what it feared the most: to make China an object of an European political debate and above all to unite the different political sensitivities among themselves,” Bondaz said.More from South China Morning Post:China tops agenda as G7 foreign ministers meet in LondonEU aims to cut reliance on China for chips and pharmaceutical materialsChina-EU relations: why Beijing may not want to let Xinjiang sanctions undermine investment dealThis article EU denies it has suspended efforts to ratify China investment deal first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Cao Daweng, the Chinese billionaire founder of Fuyao Glass Industry Group made famous by the Oscar-winning 2019 documentary American Factory, is planning to invest 10 billion yuan (US$1.54 billion) to build a technology university in China, as the country pushes for self-reliance amid a protracted tech war with the US. “Fuyao University of Science and Technology is being established to cultivate applied and technical talent for the country’s economy and advanced manufacturing industry,” said Cao-founded Heren Charity Foundation, which will lead the project, in a statement on Sunday. Located in Fuzhou, the capital city of China’s southeastern Fujian province and home to Fuyao’s headquarters, the new university plans to enrol 3,000 to 5,000 students from across the country, focusing on bridging the skills gap between the laboratory and the real world, according to local media Fuzhou News.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Billing itself as a “cradle of engineers”, Fuyao University of Science and Technology intends to adopt educational best practices from Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea, and will seek to cooperate with top-tier global universities. The Chinese government has repeatedly stressed the importance of technological self-reliance, as the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, battle to lay claim on the key technologies of the future. “The tech war is likely to evolve into one that controls technology categories more than particular companies,” wrote Dan Wang, technology analyst at consultancy Gavekal Dragonomics, in a report published on Tuesday. During China’s key annual political meetings in March, known as the “two sessions”, the national legislature said it would increase spending on basic research by 10.6 per cent this year. Investment in research and development would grow at an annual rate of at least 7 per cent over the next five years, according to Beijing’s policy blueprint. Calls for self-sufficiency have become increasingly urgent after more Chinese tech companies came under US sanctions, including telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co, world-leading drone maker DJI, home-grown chip champion Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, as well as artificial intelligence start-ups SenseTime and Megvii. Fuyao’s business has also been adversely affected by the US-China trade war. The Hong Kong-listed car window manufacturer had paid more than US$11 million in extra duties after the US imposed punitive tariffs on vehicle parts, according to the company’s 2019 annual report.More from South China Morning Post:US-China tech war: software maker Kingdee sees opportunity in shift to domestic cloud services marketUS legislation for US$112 billion tech research funding to counter China will be delayed, lawmakers sayChina encourages its universities to take initiative in international science and techUS-China tech war: Beijing’s main policy lender pledges US$62 billion to fund tech innovationUS-China tech war: US chip innovation is hurt by Beijing’s ‘mercantilist’ strategies, Washington think tank saysThis article US-China tech war: Fuyao Glass owner Cao Dewang of American Factory fame to build a science and technology university first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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An information war over the Indo-Pacific region is expected to intensify with the US military’s decision to set up a task force aimed at stifling China’s influence and information operations. Military and security analysts said the creation of the task force meant the United States was integrating military and non-military instruments of warfare to counter China. The creation of the task force in the Pacific region was revealed by General Richard Clarke, commander of Special Operations Command, in a House Armed Services Committee meeting in March when he said the US needed to tamp down disinformation by China.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The task force would work with “like-minded partners” in the region, he said. “By working closely with those partners to ensure that our adversaries, our competitors are not getting that free pass and to recognise what is truth from fiction and continue to highlight that, to using our intel communities, is critical,” Clarke was quoted by US-based military website C4ISRNET as saying. At an earlier committee meeting that month, Christopher Maier, acting assistant secretary of defence for special operations/low-intensity conflict, said the US military would step up countering propaganda, disinformation and deception, force protection and disrupting adversarial influence capabilities. “Adversary use of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda poses one of today’s greatest challenges to the United States, not just to the Department of Defence,” he said. “With first-mover advantage and by flooding the information environment with deliberated and manipulated information that is mostly truthful with carefully crafted deceptive elements, these actors can gain leverage to threaten our interest.” Song Zhongping, a former PLA instructor and Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator, said the new task force would also be aimed at gaining military intelligence about the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army. “The US is looking to know more about the PLA, including the PLA’s ability to engage in combat and the development of Chinese military industry,” he said. “So from China’s perspective, it is necessary to strengthen the security of various military installations and prevent infiltration.” Song also said the task force could spread disinformation about China’s military, stirring up trouble for Beijing. Everything you need to know about the US-China tech war Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the setting up of the special task force reflected US concerns over Chinese media and information operations in relation to public opinion. “Information war will intensify as part of China’s efforts to weaken US and allied resolve, particularly over Taiwan and in the South China Sea. For the US not to respond would be to hand the operational initiative to China, putting it in a much stronger position to shape the battle space before the use of kinetic force,” Davis said. He said the US would highlight Chinese operations, both in traditional media and social media, promoting an alternative perception of events from that being disseminated by Beijing. “So this is part intelligence gathering, and part media operations on the US side, identifying where China’s information strategy is focused, and developing counter responses to blunt its effectiveness,” Davis said. The US has deemed China its rival. Former commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command Phil Davidson said last month that China was using regular media and social media to undermine American and other democratic systems, dividing Washington and its Asian allies. US lawmakers are also scrutinising a bill laying out an approach towards competing with Beijing, covering facets from diplomatic strategy, military deployment and competing values, to curbing China’s “predatory international economic behaviour”. Kissinger warns China and US against escalating to all-out AI conflict Michael Raska, an assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said the US decision to set up the task force came as China was projecting its power and influence in areas such as Taiwan. The US is rethinking the integration of military and non-military instruments of warfare – including cyber and information operations in multiple domains – to influence an opponent’s strategic choices and options, he said. “The use of cyber means as political instruments of warfare is increasingly reflected in Taiwan as well as the ongoing territorial disputes over the South China Sea,” he said. “Potential conflict zones in East Asia therefore reflect greater complexity through the strategic interactions and interdependencies between the cyber, information, cognitive and physical domains of warfare, which present new challenges for both US and China’s traditional conceptions of deterrence and defence.”More from South China Morning Post:US welcomes China’s peacekeepers in Africa but wary of Beijing’s military inroadsA more accessible Arctic becomes proving ground for US-China military jockeyingThis article US-China infowar escalates as America deploys task force in battle for power and influence first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.