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Tensions flare as thousands take to Hong Kong streets

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong with many calling for the city's leader Leung Chun-ying to be sacked.

Activists want the nomination process for Hong Kong's next leader to be open to all. Credit: Reuters

Tensions flared as activists burned a copy of a "white paper" released by Beijing last month that reasserted the central government's authority over the former British colony. The group also burned a portrait of Leung.

Aerial shots showed many main streets packed with marchers. Credit: Reuters

Organisers of the annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, are expecting the largest turnout since 2003, when half a million people demonstrated against proposed anti-subversion laws which were later scrapped.

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Hong Kong protesters gather for democracy march

Half a million people are expected to join a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong today in protest at the Chinese government.

Activists in the former British colony are demanding greater democratic rights. Credit: ITV News

The dispute intensified in recent days after almost 800,000 people voted in an unofficial referendum on Hong Kong's political future, much to the chagrin of the Beijing authorities.

The July 1 rally marks the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese control in 1997. Credit: ITV News

China hails historic visit to Taiwan as 'success'

China's top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has visited the self-ruled island, hailing the trip as "historic", despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings.

A pro-democracy activist scuffles with police officers in Taiwan. Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The visit by Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, marked the first such trip by such a senior mainland official in 65 years since the Nationalists fled after losing a civil war to China's Communists in 1949.

Falun Gong members take part in a protest as Zhang Zhijun Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Throughout his tour of the island, Mr Zhang was greeted by protesters. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the pro-independence southern port of Kaohsiung, some waving placards reading "Communist Zhang Zhijun, get the hell back to China".

Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Office, meets Taiwan's minister Wang Yu-chi. Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Eead: Cable: Don't 'lecture' China on human rights

Outrage over 'women-only' parking space photo

"Women-only" parking spaces closer to exits and with more space and pink borders have been discovered in a Chinese city, according to local media.


Women-only parking spaces found in China's coastal city Dalian. It's wider, longer, pink, near exits (web photo)


The picture, posted by China's state press agency Xinhua, has prompted anger on social media, with one user describing it as "an outrage".

Xinhua says the parking spaces have been found around the coastal city of Dailan.


Thirteen dead after China bomb attack on police station

Thirteen people have been shot dead after they reportedly drove into a police building and set off an explosion.

The attack took place in Xinjiang's Kashgar region. Credit: Google Maps

A regional government website said police took "decisive action" after "thugs" crashed a car into the security building in Xinjiang province.

"Today, thugs crashed a car into the public security building of Kargilik county in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture and set off an explosion. Police took decisive action and shot dead 13 thugs," the official Tianshan web portal reported.

Three police officers also suffered injuries during the incident, according to reports.

Cable: Don't 'lecture' China on human rights

Vince Cable speaks to bankers and City bosses in the City of London Credit: Laura Dale/PA Wire

Vince Cable has said that Britain must recognise China's economic achievements instead of focusing on "lecturing" the country on its human rights record.

"As far as human rights is concerned I don't think we should be lecturing the Chinese, but it is right we have a proper dialogue with them about it," he told the CNN's The Business View.

"When I was in China I raised with senior party officials issues around trade union rights and strikes.

"But I think it's got to be done in a certain tone and I think must be accompanied by respect for what the Chinese have accomplished," he said.

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Britain an 'old declining empire' says Chinese paper

The front page of the Global Times online edition. Credit: Global Times/screengrab

A Chinese newspaper has described Britain as an "old declining empire" in an editorial criticising UK press reports of the Chinese premier's visit to London.

The Global Times paper, run by the country's Communist regime, hit back at reports that China had demanded Prime Minister Li Keqiang was granted an audience with the Queen, which it cited as evidence of anti-Chinese prejudice.

"A rising country should understand the embarrassment of an old declining empire and at times the eccentric acts it takes to hide such embarrassment," the paper wrote in an editorial.

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