Hong Kong Protests at Crossroads, Talks to Start on Friday


HONG KONG (Reuters) – Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong agreed with the city’s government late on Tuesday to start formal talks later this week to address concerns that have brought tens of thousands of people onto the city’s streets.

China Detains Activists for Supporting Hong Kong Protests

Student protesters in Hong Kong / AP

Chinese authorities have detained or harassed dozens of activists this week who expressed support for the protests in Hong Kong, including some who simply posted messages of solidarity online.

The activist group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) reports that several Chinese dissidents were detained or questioned by police on Monday and Tuesday as the demonstrations in Hong Kong swelled.

China, United States Hold Secret Cyber Talks


Chinese officials held closed-door talks in Washington last week with U.S. cyber security counterparts despite Beijing’s formal cutoff of talks on the subject following the federal indictment of Chinese military hackers.

“We exchanged views with Chinese counterparts on cyber issues in Washington last week,” a State Department official confirmed, adding, “We do not read out the contents of our private diplomatic exchanges.”