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Beijing Diary: Red flags for Hong Kong’s future

The Chinese government is battling to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected tens of thousands and killed more than 4,000 people, while spreading worldwide. Nikkei’s bureau chief in China, Tetsushi Takahashi, is on the ground in the capital and is filing dispatches on what he sees.

Wednesday, May 27

Many Chinese residents of Beijing appear to support the proposed national security law discussed at the National People’s Congress. It is not simply because the Communist Party tells them to: There has been real frustration with the radical anti-China demonstrations in Hong Kong since last June.

The Global Times newspaper

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Beijing Diary: Dining with Communist forefathers

The Chinese government is battling to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected tens of thousands and killed more than 4,000 people, while spreading worldwide. Nikkei’s bureau chief in China, Tetsushi Takahashi, is on the ground in the capital and is filing dispatches on what he sees.

Monday, May 25

The belated start of China’s National People’s Congress last week brought an abrupt proposal for a Hong Kong national security law.

Beijing’s move to ban dissident activity in the special administrative region comes as the country emerges from the coronavirus crisis and casts doubt on the “one country, two systems”

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Hong Kong protests flare anew as Beijing tightens vise

HONG KONG — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied police warnings and coronavirus-era bans on social gatherings to rally Sunday against Beijing’s latest attempt to crack down on dissent.

Spurred by the Chinese government’s push to pass a national security law for the semiautonomous city, demonstrators gathered in the afternoon outside the Sogo department store in Causeway Bay.

They chanted slogans such as “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” and “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time.” Some set up roadblocks to paralyze traffic in the area.

Riot police fired rounds of tear gas and deployed water cannons

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Hong Kong protesters return as Beijing seeks to tighten grip

HONG KONG — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied police warnings and coronavirus-era bans on social gatherings to rally Sunday against Beijing’s latest attempt to crackdown on dissent.

Spurred by the Chinese government’s push to pass a national security law for the semi-autonomous city, demonstrators gathered in the afternoon at the outside the Sogo department store in Causeway Bay.

They chanted slogans such as “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” and “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time.” Some set up roadblocks to paralyze traffic in the area.

Riot police fired rounds of tear gas and employed water

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