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The most stunning pictures from the past week in Asia

Updated : 2019-08-30 10:22:33

Police in Hong Kong pull out their guns during a confrontation with protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Hong Kong has been roiled by summer of protests against Beijing's increasing influence in the city, with police and protesters frequently clashing. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, demonstrators in Hong Kong link hands across the territory in a show of unity and protest. Demonstrators in the city also shine laser pointers toward police, who deployed water cannon trucks for the first time during this summer's protests. India youth prepare to form a human pyramid as part of a festival in Mumbai marking the birth of Hindu god Krishna. Performers entertain spectators at a Tokyo dance festival, one of the city's largest and most popular summer celebrations.

In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, demonstrators link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong. Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are linking hands across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, inspired by a historic protest 30 years ago in the Baltic states when nearly 2 million people formed a human chain to protest Soviet control. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, demonstrators link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong. Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are linking hands across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, inspired by a historic protest 30 years ago in the Baltic states when nearly 2 million people formed a human chain to protest Soviet control. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Sagan Tosu's Fernando Torres reacts after trying to score a goal against Vissel Kobe during a J-League first division soccer match, in Tosu, western Japan. The match is Torres' last match. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Sagan Tosu's Fernando Torres reacts after trying to score a goal against Vissel Kobe during a J-League first division soccer match, in Tosu, western Japan. The match is Torres' last match. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, policemen pull out their guns after a confrontation with demonstrators during a protest in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have rolled out water cannon trucks for the first time in this summer's pro-democracy protests. The two trucks moved forward with riot officers Sunday evening as they pushed protesters back along a street in the outlying Tsuen Wan district. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, policemen pull out their guns after a confrontation with demonstrators during a protest in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have rolled out water cannon trucks for the first time in this summer's pro-democracy protests. The two trucks moved forward with riot officers Sunday evening as they pushed protesters back along a street in the outlying Tsuen Wan district. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, armored personnel carriers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) pass through the Huanggang Port border between China and Hong Kong. Chinese state media has published photos of the country's Hong Kong-based troops' armored carriers and a patrol boat undertaking what they call a routine rotation. (Yuan Junmin/Xinhua via AP, File)
In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, armored personnel carriers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) pass through the Huanggang Port border between China and Hong Kong. Chinese state media has published photos of the country's Hong Kong-based troops' armored carriers and a patrol boat undertaking what they call a routine rotation. (Yuan Junmin/Xinhua via AP, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, demonstrators, some using laser pointers toward police lines during a protest in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have rolled out water cannon trucks for the first time in this summer's pro-democracy protests. The two trucks moved forward with riot officers Sunday evening as they pushed protesters back along a street in the outlying Tsuen Wan district. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, demonstrators, some using laser pointers toward police lines during a protest in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have rolled out water cannon trucks for the first time in this summer's pro-democracy protests. The two trucks moved forward with riot officers Sunday evening as they pushed protesters back along a street in the outlying Tsuen Wan district. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a Nepalese woman waits to worship a Buddha idol that is paraded during the Pancha Dan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Pancha Dan, the festival of five summer gifts, is a day when devotees donate five commodities considered essential for well being, which include unhusked paddy, rice grains, pulses, salt and money. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a Nepalese woman waits to worship a Buddha idol that is paraded during the Pancha Dan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Pancha Dan, the festival of five summer gifts, is a day when devotees donate five commodities considered essential for well being, which include unhusked paddy, rice grains, pulses, salt and money. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, an Indian school child dressed as lord Krishna cries while participating in a costume contest on the eve of Krishna Janmashthami festival, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna, in Hyderabad, India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, an Indian school child dressed as lord Krishna cries while participating in a costume contest on the eve of Krishna Janmashthami festival, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna, in Hyderabad, India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, a Kashmiri man crosses a barbwire checkpoint during lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The latest crackdown began just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and its statehood, creating two federal territories. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, a Kashmiri man crosses a barbwire checkpoint during lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The latest crackdown began just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and its statehood, creating two federal territories. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indian Hindu devotees form a human pyramid to break the
In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indian Hindu devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indian youth prepare to form a human pyramid to break the
In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indian youth prepare to form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, male dancers entertain spectators at the Koenji Awa-Odori dance festival, in the Koenji neighborhood of Tokyo. Started in the 1950s, the Koenji Awa-Odori has grown to be one of Tokyo's largest and most popular summer festivals with an estimated 10,000 dancers participating in the dance festival. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, male dancers entertain spectators at the Koenji Awa-Odori dance festival, in the Koenji neighborhood of Tokyo. Started in the 1950s, the Koenji Awa-Odori has grown to be one of Tokyo's largest and most popular summer festivals with an estimated 10,000 dancers participating in the dance festival. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo provided by South Korea's Navy, members of South Korean Navy's special forces participate during the drill on the islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. In a development that could possibly further complicate ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea's navy on Sunday began two-day exercises on and around a group of islets controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan. (South Korea's Navy via AP, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo provided by South Korea's Navy, members of South Korean Navy's special forces participate during the drill on the islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. In a development that could possibly further complicate ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea's navy on Sunday began two-day exercises on and around a group of islets controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan. (South Korea's Navy via AP, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, Lukhumi Chkhvimiani of Georgia, top, competes against Sharafuddin Lutfillaev of Uzbekistan during a men's -60 kilogram final of the World Judo Championships in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, Lukhumi Chkhvimiani of Georgia, top, competes against Sharafuddin Lutfillaev of Uzbekistan during a men's -60 kilogram final of the World Judo Championships in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Chinese woman chat with each other at the Galaxy Soho office building in Beijing. Galaxy Soho, a retail, office and entertainment building, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Chinese woman chat with each other at the Galaxy Soho office building in Beijing. Galaxy Soho, a retail, office and entertainment building, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, workers install scaffolding on Zhengyangmen Gate during a refurbishing work on Tiananmen Square as capital city is preparing for the 70th anniversary of the founding of People s Republic of China, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, workers install scaffolding on Zhengyangmen Gate during a refurbishing work on Tiananmen Square as capital city is preparing for the 70th anniversary of the founding of People s Republic of China, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, two Indian fishermen fall in floodwaters after a rope broke during a failed rescue operation using an Indian Air Force helicopter in the River Tawi in Jammu, India. Both the fishermen later swam to safety. Water levels in many rivers in north India have risen following heavy monsoon rains. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, two Indian fishermen fall in floodwaters after a rope broke during a failed rescue operation using an Indian Air Force helicopter in the River Tawi in Jammu, India. Both the fishermen later swam to safety. Water levels in many rivers in north India have risen following heavy monsoon rains. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, prepare to shake hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, watched by South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha, center, ahead of their trilateral meeting in Beijing. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, prepare to shake hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, watched by South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha, center, ahead of their trilateral meeting in Beijing. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, a police officer raises his rifle as the local market is seen burning during a protest in Fakfak, Papua province, Indonesia. Indonesia deployed over 1,000 security personnel to the restive province of West Papua amid spreading violent protests sparked by accusations that security forces had arrested and insulted Papuan students in East Java . (AP Photo/Beawiharta, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, a police officer raises his rifle as the local market is seen burning during a protest in Fakfak, Papua province, Indonesia. Indonesia deployed over 1,000 security personnel to the restive province of West Papua amid spreading violent protests sparked by accusations that security forces had arrested and insulted Papuan students in East Java . (AP Photo/Beawiharta, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators stand on turnstiles during a protest at the Yuen Long MTR station in Hong Kong. Hong Kong riot police faced off with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following the commemoration of a violent attack thereby masked assailants on supporters of the anti-government movement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators stand on turnstiles during a protest at the Yuen Long MTR station in Hong Kong. Hong Kong riot police faced off with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following the commemoration of a violent attack thereby masked assailants on supporters of the anti-government movement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators stand outside the Yuen Long MTR station during a protest in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators stand outside the Yuen Long MTR station during a protest in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Kai Harada of Japan reacts as he falls from a bouldering wall during the men's combined bouldering final at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Kai Harada of Japan reacts as he falls from a bouldering wall during the men's combined bouldering final at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium with the Shenzhen Bay Bridge that links into Hong Kong in the background in Shenzhen. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium with the Shenzhen Bay Bridge that links into Hong Kong in the background in Shenzhen. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Papuan activists scuffle with police and soldiers during a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. A group of West Papuan students in Indonesia's capital staged the protest against racism and called for independence for their region. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Papuan activists scuffle with police and soldiers during a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. A group of West Papuan students in Indonesia's capital staged the protest against racism and called for independence for their region. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, a woman wearing kimono and traditional Japanese sandals called
In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, a woman wearing kimono and traditional Japanese sandals called "geta" is lit by the afternoon sunlight coming through the window of a train, in Kawagoe, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith dives over to score against Australia during their Bledisloe Cup rugby test match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Brett Phibbs/SNPA via AP, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith dives over to score against Australia during their Bledisloe Cup rugby test match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Brett Phibbs/SNPA via AP, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, an Indonesian man retrieves his prize after climbing up a greased pole during a greased-pole climbing competition held as part of Independence Day celebrations at Ancol Beach in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is celebrating its 74th anniversary of independence from the Dutch colonial rule. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, an Indonesian man retrieves his prize after climbing up a greased pole during a greased-pole climbing competition held as part of Independence Day celebrations at Ancol Beach in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is celebrating its 74th anniversary of independence from the Dutch colonial rule. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, police officers armed with riots gear stand outside Mong Kok police station during pro-democracy protesters' march in Hong Kong. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, police officers armed with riots gear stand outside Mong Kok police station during pro-democracy protesters' march in Hong Kong. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, file photo, demonstrators carry umbrellas as they march along a street in Hong Kong. Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-ready protesters as they started marching from a packed park in central Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, file photo, demonstrators carry umbrellas as they march along a street in Hong Kong. Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-ready protesters as they started marching from a packed park in central Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
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