>> Hong Kong has rejected a work visa application for foreign correspondent Victor Mallet. That's according to his employer at the Financial Times. The Chinese territory's immigration department said it would not comment on individual cases. But it comes just months after he hosted a speech by an independent activist in the city.
Mallet is the Asian news editor of the FT and vice president of Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondent Club, known locally as the FCC. The speech made in August by activist Andy Chan was condemned by China's foreign ministry, and it had urged the FCC to withdraw the speaker. In a statement, the Financial Times said they had not been given a reason for the renewal of his visa to be rejected.
Chan is also the founder of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, which was formally banned by authorities last month. That makes it the first outlawing of a political organization since Britain handed its former colony back to China in 1997. Since then, Hong Kong has been ruled under the one country, two systems principle.
Meaning it's supposed to enjoy a higher degree of autonomy and freedom than mainland China.