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Hong Kong no longer autonomous, Pompeo tells Congress

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday told Congress that Hong Kong no longer retains autonomy from China, paving the way for sanctions from Washington that would strip the city of economic and trade privileges essential to its status as a global financial hub.

Beijing’s decision last week to “unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation” on the territory is only the “latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and China’s own promises to the Hong Kong people under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-filed international treaty,” Pompeo said

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Beijing Diary: China’s congress, from the outside looking in

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 20

China’s most important political meetings kick off this week after a more than two-month delay due to the coronavirus: The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress.

On Tuesday afternoon, the area around the meeting venue — the Great Hall of the People — was already heavily

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China turns aggressive on global stage ahead of Congress

BEIJING — China is straining its relations with the rest of the world, taking a hardline stance against countries questioning its role in the spread of the new coronavirus and ratcheting up tensions in the South China and East China seas.

The aggressive posture is partially meant for a domestic audience in the leadup to the National People’s Congress, which starts on Friday. But it is also meant to signal the nation of 1.4 billion people intends to make its presence felt in global affairs and that its naval ambitions must be reckoned with.

China has gained confidence by largely

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China ramps up international aggression ahead of Congress

BEIJING — China is straining its relations with the rest of the world, taking a hardline stance against countries questioning its role in the spread of the new coronavirus and ratcheting up tensions in the South China and East China seas.

The aggressive posture is partially meant for a domestic audience in the leadup to the National People’s Congress, which starts on Friday. But it is also meant to signal the nation of 1.4 billion people intends to make its presence felt in global affairs and that its naval ambitions must be reckoned with.

China has gained confidence by largely

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