Hong Kong Police Clash With Occupy ProtestersFor weeks now, pro-democracy protest groups have occupied parts of central Hong Kong, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Local police have been urging the demonstrators to leave for days, and have recently stepped up efforts to dismantle barricades on several major roads - only to have many of them rebuilt hours later. Tensions boiled over last night, leading to a violent clash between police and protesters. Police arrested dozens, and at least one demonstrator, politician Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, was dragged away and beaten by police, a moment caught in this video (see link below). As of today, most of the Occupy protesters remain in place, Beijing refuses to budge, and no discussions are underway.
Could Hong Kong students destabilize China?As many as 13,000 college students in Hong Kong have reportedly started to stage a week-long sit-in to protest against China's failure to reform its election policies.
Chinese authorities now fear that the spirit of these protests will bring instability to mainland China.
Japanese SMEs now favor Philippines over ThailandTHE Tokyo branch of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) said the political situation in Thailand has prompted some Japanese businesses to transfer their offices in Thailand to the Philippines.
Metrobank Tokyo Manager Takeshi Odaka said there are some serious concerns in Thailand that made some Japanese businessmen relocate their offices or factories from Thailand to the Philippines.