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US CALLS CHINA ‘THUGGISH REGIME’ FOR TARGETING AMERICAN DIPLOMAT WHO MET HONG KONG PROTESTERS

A US official has described China as a “thuggish regime” for disclosing personal details about a US diplomat who met student leaders involved in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.   The denunciation came as the US became the latest country to issue a travel alert to the territory on Thursday, and Hong Kong’s police force brought… Continue reading US CALLS CHINA ‘THUGGISH REGIME’ FOR TARGETING AMERICAN DIPLOMAT WHO MET HONG KONG PROTESTERS

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CHINA PROPOSE ASIA FREE TRADE PACT WITHOUT INDIA

China is proposing a new Asian free trade agreement that excludes India, throwing a wrench into plans for the 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.   The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is eager to wrap up RCEP talks to create a trade bloc that rivals the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. But China is deeply frustrated with… Continue reading CHINA PROPOSE ASIA FREE TRADE PACT WITHOUT INDIA

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HONG KONG LEADER CARRIE LAM SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL CHINA EXTRADITION BILL AFTER MASS PROTESTS AND VIOLENCE

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has announced the indefinite postponement of a proposed law allowing extraditions to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and protests.   The unpopular bill would be suspended, she told a press conference, adding that she wanted to restore public order following a week of violent demonstrations.   Critics of… Continue reading HONG KONG LEADER CARRIE LAM SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL CHINA EXTRADITION BILL AFTER MASS PROTESTS AND VIOLENCE