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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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China’s Hong Kong law a ‘flagrant breach,’ global leaders say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Nearly 200 political figures from around the world on Saturday decried Beijing’s proposed national security laws for Hong Kong, including 17 U.S. Congress members, as international tensions grow over the proposal to set up Chinese government intelligence bases in the territory.

In a joint statement organized by former Hong Kong Governor Christopher Patten and former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, 186 law and policy leaders said the proposed laws are a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms” and a “flagrant breach” of the Sino-British Joint Declaration that returned Hong Kong to

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UN prepares for General Assembly in September sans leaders: sources

NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told officials at the world body to weigh holding this year’s General Assembly in September on schedule but with pre-recorded statements from world leaders rather than in-person speeches, people familiar with the matter said.

Guterres said it is not his wish to postpone the opening of the next General Assembly because of the coronavirus pandemic this year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the U.N.’s founding, though the matter is up to member states to decide, sources said. 

The U.N. General Assembly session is slated for Sept. 15 to Sept. 30,

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UN prepares General Assembly in September without leaders: sources

NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told officials at the world body to weigh holding this year’s General Assembly in September on schedule but with pre-recorded statements from world leaders rather than in-person speeches, people familiar with the matter said.

Guterres said it is not his wish to postpone the opening of the next General Assembly because of the coronavirus pandemic this year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the U.N.’s founding, though the matter is up to member states to decide, sources said. 

The U.N. General Assembly session is slated for Sept. 15 to Sept. 30,

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