One-China policy

Civil servants join unrest as tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong

This image shows a riot officer yelling with his face exposed in a line of helmeted officers.
Riot police shout warnings in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on August 3. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers faced tear gas and police beatings on Saturday in the city's ninth consecutive weekend of pro-democracy protests.

What's changed: Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants joined more than 40,000 protestors — a number provided by organizers — to demonstrate against the government on Friday. They violated Hong Kong's Civil Service Code, which calls for "total loyalty" to the Chief Executive and the government, by demanding that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down.

Dominican Republic cuts ties with Taiwan

Dominican and Chinese leaders sit on armchairs in front of an orange and red painting
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and the Dominican Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Vargas meet in Beijing. Photo: Minoru Iwasaki, Pool/Getty Images

The Dominican Republic is terminating its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan and pledging to recognize it as "an inalienable part of China," reports the AP.

The big picture: It's a setback for Taiwanese sovereignty and a win for Beijing, which is increasingly wary of Taiwan's leanings toward independence and threats to the One-China policy. The Dominican Republic's move comes as the U.S. is ramping up diplomacy with Taiwan under President Trump.