Hong Kong Airport, Zoom results, and Tiananmen anniversary

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This week will be a tense one in Asia, following China’s controversial decision extending its national security law to Hong Kong, and President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will eliminate Hong Kong’s special status privileges in retaliation. The diplomatic standoff over Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in democratic Hong Kong is happening against the backdrop of the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Thursday.

Still, trade data from China on Sunday may show some improvement from the phase one trade deal reached with the U.S. in January. First-quarter GDP figures are expected from

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US cannot fix China in one day, says ex-diplomat in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is making too many decisions on China too fast, preventing Washington from obtaining the policy goals it seeks, says Kurt Tong, a former U.S. consul general to Hong Kong.

Tong spoke with Nikkei after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to start stripping Hong Kong’s special privileges in response to Beijing’s move to place broad national security powers over the city.

Trump also announced terminating ties with the World Health Organization, accusing the U.N. body of maintaining cozy ties with China.

Tong is critical of China’s national security law, calling it a “bad move” that is going

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HSBC under pressure amid Hong Kong freedom row

For a glorious dictatorship, sensing and seizing the opportunity to push your luck is vital. The modern master of exploiting crises and distractions is, of course, Vladimir Putin. Most famously, in 2008, as he applauded the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Russian forces were launching a large-scale land, air and sea invasion of Georgia. While global attention was drawn by sport and by the spectacle laid on by Xi Jinping, China’s vice-president, Putin waged a war of expansion and, broadly speaking, got away with it.

The timing of Xi’s imposition of Chinese totalitarianism on Hong Kong stokes suspicion of

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Hong Kong leaders say Trump ‘completely wrong’ to curb ties

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Senior Hong Kong government officials lashed out on Saturday at moves by U.S. President Donald Trump to strip the city of its special status in a bid to punish China for imposing national security laws on the global financial hub.

Speaking hours after Trump said the city no longer warranted economic privileges and some officials could face sanctions, security minister John Lee told reporters that Hong Kong’s government could not be threatened and would push ahead with the new laws.

“I don’t think they will succeed in using any means to threaten the (Hong Kong) government,

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