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China news roundup, 29th May

China news roundup, 29th May

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Chinese parliament approves controversial Hong Kong security law. “China’s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong, dealing what critics have called a “killer blow” to the city’s autonomy and freedoms.”

The Guardian, 28th May

China to be ‘held accountable’ for Hong Kong move. “China has made a “huge mistake” in passing a new national security law curbing freedoms in Hong Kong and will be held accountable by the US, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said.”

Financial Review, 29th May

Twitter fact-checks China amid bias row. “Twitter, under intense scrutiny for its use of fact-checking warnings, has added them to tweets from China’s foreign ministry spokesperson.”

BBC, 28th May

China’s defense budget shows Xi’s priorities as economy tightens. “When China announced a 6.6% increase in its military budget last week while cutting substantially in other areas, analysts said it made one thing clear: Beijing senses an increasing security threat and is giving the People’s Liberation Army the military muscle to deal with it.”

CNN, 28th May

US warship again challenges China’s South China Sea claims. “The US Navy once again challenged Chinese claims in the South China Sea Thursday, sailing the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin near the Paracel Islands.”

CNN, 29th May

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China Focus: China’s top legislature concludes annual session. “The meeting also adopted the NPC Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security, which became effective upon its release on Thursday. Addressing the meeting, Li Zhanshu said that making major strategic achievements in fighting COVID-19 in about three months has demonstrated the great strength of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Xinhua, 28th May

China says wants ‘peaceful reunification’ with Taiwan. “The head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday that “one country, two systems” and “peaceful reunification” is the best way to bring China and Taiwan together. Outside attempts by foreign forces to interfere in “reunification” will fail, Liu Jieyi told an event at the Great Hall of the People marking 15 years since China signed into law its Anti-Secession Law.”

Reuters, 29th May

Steve Tsang from SOAS, speaks to HK Free Press on the National Security Law for China, (28th May):

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