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August 27, 2014
China paper urges 'coercive measures' against HK protesters
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2014
A state-run Chinese newspaper Tuesday called for "coercive measures" against pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, as China's rubber-stamp legislature mulls the election method for the city's chief executive. Lawmakers on the standing committee of the National People's Congress on Monday started reviewing a report from Hong Kong's current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on the issue, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier. The meeting comes with public discontent in the former British ... read more

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Hong Kong leader calls for 'patriotic' political reform
Hong Kong's leader called Tuesday for limited electoral change despite mass pro-democracy protests, saying in a report to China that voters want a "patriotic" chief executive. ... more
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China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong
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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers blast Britain over report
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China slams 'illegal' Hong Kong democracy poll
China on Monday condemned an unofficial Hong Kong referendum on democratic reform in which almost 800,000 people voted, calling it "illegal and invalid" on the eve of huge pro-democracy protests in the city. ... more
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