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Beijing Accuses Top US Official in Hong Kong of Vilifying China

China’s foreign ministry accused the top US official in Hong Kong of discrediting the city’s business reputation after he warned of diminishing confidence in its rule of law, the latest sign of frayed relations over the troubled Asian financial hub.

Gregory May, who took over as US consul general in September, warned that companies in Hong Kong face heightened risks — including to their staff, finances and legal compliance — after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law in 2020. He also blamed the rules for worsening a brain drain in the city throughout the Covid pandemic.