Prior to Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong later this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China, a cacophony of rebellious voices has erupted among Hong Kong’s youth. The South China Morning Post reports that on June 26, several young members from radical pan-democratic groups, including famous student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung 黃之鋒, gathered in front of the Golden Bauhinia statue, a gift from the central government to mark the city’s 1997 transfer of sovereignty. Security guards tried to stop them, but the activists managed to swathe the iconic symbol of Hong Kong’s handover in black fabric, which, according to a statement released by the group, “symbolizes the hard-line rule of the authoritarian regime over the past 20 years.”
In addition, Reuters says that there is “scant love for China among Hong Kong youth.” Reporters interviewed 10 Hong Kongers born in 1997: All of them told Reuters that they primarily identify themselves as “Hong Kongers” and are more and more skeptical of the “one-country, two systems” formula because of the mainland’s tightening grip over the city’s autonomy, politics, and freedom of speech.
China probes tycoon central to Philippines ties / Financial Times (paywall)
Huang Rulun 黄如论, a billionaire real estate developer “who got his start in Manila’s Chinatown…is under investigation by Beijing over corruption allegations.”
How will the Belt and Road Initiative advance China’s interests? / CSIS
An interactive graphic showing the economic balance sheets of China’s neighbors in relation to Belt and Road.
China launches court for internet cases in Hangzhou / Sixth Tone
“Legal cases involving the internet will soon have their own courthouse in China, according to a central government plan passed on Monday. The court for internet-related cases will be established in e-commerce hub Hangzhou, capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.”
Tycoon’s claims reverberate in China despite censorship and thin evidence / NYT
On tweeting exiled billionaire Guo Wengui 郭文贵.
- Coal on the rise in China, U.S., India after major 2016 drop / AP
China’s premier, Li Keqiang, praises globalization, in contrast to Trump / NYT (paywall)
Related: China’s premier just offered a rare glimpse of the Chinese economy — here’s what he didn’t say / CNBC
- China lodges protest over ‘crossing of border’ by Indian troops in Sikkim / Times of India
- China asks Pakistan to rein in terrorists in Afghanistan / Times of India
- China: Vatican gravely concerned for bishop ‘forcibly removed’ from diocese / The Guardian