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Tightening grip on freedoms amid HK activist's talk

China's bid to put heat on pro-independence advocate may backfire

Political newbie Andy Chan Ho Tin, co-founder of an unregistered and hitherto obscure party, drew a full house at the lunchtime talk held at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) yesterday.

In recent weeks, both Mr Chan and the FCC faced intense pressure from the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese authorities not to go ahead with the event, which political observers saw as an orchestrated move by Beijing to incrementally tighten the noose on freedoms in the territory.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2018, with the headline 'Tightening grip on freedoms amid HK activist's talk'. Print Edition | Subscribe