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Tensions rise between U.S. and China

Asia | As relations worsen, Mike Pompeo says “distrust and verify” in dealing with China
by June Cheng
Posted 7/30/20, 05:05 pm

On the morning of July 27, uniformed marine security guards lowered the American flag at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu for the last time, signally the compound’s official closure. Outside, police shut down the streets surrounding the building after large crowds had gathered, taking selfies and milling around after Beijing gave the United States 72 hours to close the consulate.

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U.S. sanctions finally hit China

China | American officials strike back at China’s human rights abuses and growing territorial claims
by June Cheng
Posted 7/17/20, 03:43 pm

For years activists and lawmakers have called on the Trump administration to punish Beijing over its gross human rights violations, yet the government seemed slow to act. But this week the United States announced a flurry of new sanctions against Chinese officials addressing policies in several places: Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong. The week also included the United States’ strongest condemnation of China’s claims in the South China Sea.

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Listening to the unheard

News | The news cycle is loud, but we need to hear those who can’t shout
by Michael Reneau
Posted 7/02/20, 02:43 pm

A bill that Republicans and Democrats barter for in the U.S. Capitol will always have a limited reach in local police departments: Mayors and state governments have far more influence on police procedure. But when representatives and senators in Washington, D.C., deadlocked on police reform in late June, legislators communicated one thing to the majority of Americans who want change: They’re not listening.

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