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U.S. orders China to close Houston consulate in 72 hours

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/22/20, 05:58 am

In an escalation of U.S.-China tensions, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the move was to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.” Beijing on Wednesday called the closure an “unprecedented escalation” of recent tensions and warned of firm countermeasures, including the potential closure of a U.S. diplomatic mission in China. Before the public announcement, local Houston media reported police and firefighters responded to calls from neighbors that consular staff were burning documents in the consulate courtyard.

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Hong Kong: A city on the brink

China | Residents see their freedoms diminish rapidly as the Beijing government implements a draconian national security law it forced on the city
by June Cheng
Posted 7/16/20, 02:35 pm

Daniel Cheung first heard of Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong in late May, while he was stuck inside a Causeway Bay hotel for his mandatory 14-day quarantine. He had just returned to Hong Kong from the United States, where he is getting his Ph.D. in theology, and he remembers feeling angry and frustrated as he read the news on social media. He had known one day mainland China would clamp down on the city’s autonomy, but he had no idea it would be so soon.

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Hong Kong braces for new reality under Beijing’s tighter control

Hong Kong | Protests fill the streets a day after China enacts a sweeping security law
by June Cheng
Posted 7/01/20, 03:06 pm

Hundreds of Catholics and Protestants filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district Wednesday for an annual prayer meeting. It was the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, which residents usually mark with large protests. 

This year, attendees had another weight on their minds: the sweeping national security law that went into effect the night before. “Everyone has a sword over his or her head,” the event organizer said in his opening prayer.

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