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Beijing Sends Biden Stark Message with Hong Kong Crackdown

  • City police arrest more than 50 activists in biggest sweep yet
  • Incoming U.S. secretary of state condemns Beijing’s crackdown
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Hong Kong Arrests Dozens Under National Security Law
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China’s unprecedented arrest of dozens of leading Hong Kong opposition figures illustrates the depth of Joe Biden’s challenges with Beijing. By the time he becomes U.S. president, there might not be much democracy left to save in the Asian financial hub.

The Hong Kong police on Wednesday rounded up more than 50 activists, former lawmakers and academics, as well as an American rights lawyer, in a series of morning raids across the former British colony involving more than 1,000 officers. All had helped organize an unofficial primary in July to nominate opposition candidates for a legislative election that was later postponed.