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Austin Ramzy
For Austin Ramzy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 2, 2022
Labeled a ‘challenge’ by NATO, China signals its own hard-line worldview
The alliance's forceful declaration in its mission statement reinforced Beijing's belief that hostile powers are bent on hobbling the country's ascent.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 10, 2022
Chinese pilots sent a message. U.S. allies said they went too far.
China has been increasingly assertive in the Asia Pacific, from building military infrastructure in the South China Sea to sending ships and aircraft near disputed islands.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 5, 2022
Mourning Tiananmen’s victims, and the Hong Kong that was
Since 2020, when Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the local government has essentially banned public commemorations of the 1989 killings.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Feb 17, 2022
Hong Kong can’t live with the virus. It can’t stop it, either.
With hospital beds on sidewalks and testing lines winding through parks, the city's flailing response has exposed crucial weaknesses.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 6, 2022
Hong Kong tightens COVID rules, suspending inbound flights from eight countries
The flight bans will deepen the city's isolation from the outside world and mark a return to the tough restrictions imposed in the early days of the pandemic.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 25, 2021
As Hong Kong’s civil society buckles, one group tries to hold on
Authorities have used the national security law, passed last year amid widespread protests, to silence dissent and force dozens of groups to disband.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Oct 8, 2021
14 cuts in 25 minutes: How Hong Kong censors movies
The Asian film capital has cracked down on documentaries and independent productions that it fears could glamorize the pro-democracy movement.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 16, 2021
‘Our hands and feet are tied’: Hong Kong’s opposition quits in droves
The landslide victory of pro-democracy politicians in local elections in 2019 was a stunning rebuke of Beijing. Now, fear of retaliation has driven them to quit.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 28, 2021
Crossing the red line: Behind China’s takeover of Hong Kong
One year ago, the city's freedoms were curtailed with breathtaking speed. But the clampdown was years in the making, and many signals were missed.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 25, 2021
What else has Hong Kong lost, readers ask, as a paper is silenced
To many, Apple Daily was a symbol of the civil liberties that have been lost as Beijing has tightened its grip over the city.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Nov 30, 2020
Hong Kong’s courts are still independent. Some want to rein them in.
As the Chinese Communist Party extends its grip over Hong Kong, pro-Beijing forces are increasingly targeting the city's independent judiciary.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 12, 2020
How the dream of Hong Kong democracy was dimmed
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers said Wednesday that they would resign en masse to protest Beijing’s growing control over the local legislature, one of the last remaining centers of dissent in the Chinese city.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 11, 2020
Hong Kong protest icon mysteriously vanished. Then she returned unbowed.
Wong's detention was a reminder of what had brought many to the streets in the first place: an extradition bill to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Oct 25, 2020
As China clamps down, activists flee Hong Kong for refuge in the West
Western leaders have said they will stand up for human rights in Hong Kong, while Chinese officials have rebuked what they called interference in Beijing's affairs.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 17, 2020
In Hong Kong, Chinese Communist Party officials stride out of the shadows
Xi Jinping is intent on extending party dominance across the entire country, especially in Hong Kong, an enclave of resistance that erupted in protest last year.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 29, 2020
China captures Hong Kong activists fleeing to Taiwan by sea
Chinese authorities have detained a dozen activists from Hong Kong who were attempting to leave the territory via speedboat, according to people familiar with the attempt and the individuals captured, as Beijing intensifies a campaign to seek out protest leaders and others resisting the Communist Party’s...
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Aug 27, 2020
With new arrests, Hong Kong’s police try to change the narrative
Authorities have tried to recast the facts around an incident last year at Yuen Long station in which a group of men in white shirts struck unarmed commuters with bats.

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