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The National Security Law appears to mark the end of Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing. Michael C. Davis discusses the new powers granted to the Chinese security state:

Hong Kong used to represent Beijing’s commitment to its word. Now it represents Xi Jinping’s willingness to break that word, writes @josephsternberg 

Across Asia and beyond, economies are rushing to restart after months of coronavirus lockdowns. But as recent spikes in cases in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo show, the real stress tests are still to come.

White House official: Beijing allowed Chinese nationalists 'to seed and spread' coronavirus in US

Beijing’s extradition bill was the spark, but not the sole reason, for the Hong Kong protests. Similarly, the killing of George Floyd was the catalyst, but hardly the only cause, of the protests across the United States that have followed it.

"When English Ambassador George McCartney went to Beijing in 1793...he wanted tea but had nothing to offer. Then India came under British control, soon Indian opium was to pay for tea. When Chinese wanted to ban opium, British launched Opium Wars."

Beijing's new national security law was imposed on Tuesday and is the most radical shift in how the semi-autonomous city is run since it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.

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Chinese officials have reported eight new confirmed #COVID19  cases as a recent outbreak in Beijing appears to have largely run its course

#TikTok distances from Beijing in response to India's app ban #ITVideo  #TikTokBanned 

Beijing reports 2 new confirmed domestically transmitted #COVID19  cases

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The brutal purpose of Beijing’s so-called “national security” law is to frighten, intimidate & suppress the speech of Hong Kongers. All freedom-loving people must come together to condemn this law, which signals the death of the “one country, two systems” principle.

Beijing’s announcement of yet another attempt to bring an end to the “one country, two systems” framework in #HongKong  is deeply alarming. Attempting to circumvent the HK legislature shows a complete disrespect for the rule of law.

I will be signing our very large and comprehensive Phase One Trade Deal with China on January 15. The ceremony will take place at the White House. High level representatives of China will be present. At a later date I will be going to Beijing where talks will begin on Phase Two!

Congress must pass the #HongKong  Human Rights & Democracy Act to support these brave protesters & send a message to Beijing that America will not stand for the Chinese Communist Party attempting to crush this movement for basic rights. #StandWithHongKong 

The violence from Beijing’s puppets in #HongKong  continues to grow. Our hearts go out to the brave pro-democracy fighters as they mourn the passing of one of their own. His family and friends deserve the truth. There should be a full & open investigation.

Olympics  RecordBeijing 2008 100 ? 200 ? 4x100 ? London 2012 100 ? 200 ? 4x100 ? #Rio2016   100 ? 200 ? 4x100 ? #Gold 

This is very simple. #HongKong  autonomy is the reason the U.S. treats it differently than mainland #China . If Beijing moves to take away autonomy there is no longer any rationale for special treatment.

“After many years, the United States is finally waking up to Beijing’s plans and ambitions to pass us as the dominant economic & military superpower in the 21st Century. What’s happening now is that the U.S. is finally responding (thank you President Trump). This is taking.....

“Today, the United States Senate sent a clear message to Hong Kongers fighting for their long-cherished freedoms: we hear you, we continue to stand with you, and we will not stand idly by as Beijing undermines your autonomy." — Sen. Marco Rubio PASSED ✅

Michael Phelps' final Olympic medal count: • 6 in Rio • 6 in London • 8 in Beijing • 8 in Athens

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