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China pressures Hong Kong to squash independence calls ahead of poll

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China pressured the Hong Kong government to disqualify six candidates who advocated independence from a crucial citywide election, as part of a campaign to bolster its interests and win seats for its allies, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

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Democracy is nothing to fear, Taiwan tells China on Tiananmen anniversary

(Reuters) – On the anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on student-led protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Taiwan’s new president told China on Saturday that democracy is nothing to fear. Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post on the 27th anniversary that Taiwan could serve as an example to China.

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