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Beijing warns US of ‘consequences' if it sells F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan

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China has demanded that US cancel all military sales to Taiwan, otherwise it won't hesitate to retaliate. The warning came amid the ongoing trade war and the row over the massive Hong Kong protests.
The White House had greenlighted the sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan over the weekend. This will be the second major arms deal with Taipei approved by Washington since July, when the US authorized the sale of more than 100 M1A2T Abrams tanks, as well as surface-to-air missiles.
Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory, blasted the move and warned that it will retaliate against what...
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What is China's propaganda machine saying about the Hong Kong protests?

What is China's propaganda machine saying about the Hong Kong protests?

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Beijing blames foreign forces for inciting ‘riots.' Here's why that makes sense in China.
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Hong Kong Protesters Love Pepe the Frog. No, They're Not Alt-Right

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To much of the world, the cartoon frog is a hate symbol. To Hong Kong protesters, he's something entirely different: one of them.
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Twitter ran paid ads from China's state news media criticising the Hong Kong protests

Twitter ran paid ads from China's state news media criticising the Hong Kong protests

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A number of Twitter users spotted sponsored posts from Chinese state media criticising the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
The sponsored posts describe the protests as violent and destructive, and portray Hong Kong citizens as being in favour of ending them.
Hong Kong has been protesting against the Chinese government for 11 weeks, and organisers say 1.7 million people joined a peaceful rally on Sunday.
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Twitter has been distributing ads from Chinese state media criticising the Hong Kong protests, as spotted by the account of social media...
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Why Beijing Is So Reluctant To Suppress Protests in Hong Kong

Why Beijing Is So Reluctant To Suppress Protests in Hong Kong

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As Chinese paramilitary guards drilled on Hong Kong's border last Thursday, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom assured journalists Beijing had “enough solutions and enough power to swiftly quell unrest” in Hong Kong. And yet demonstrations have raged across the city for eleven weeks. So why hasn't Beijing already sent in the troops?
Over the long run, using outside troops to subdue Hong Kong could trigger an exodus of talent and capital from Hong Kong. Such a move would inflame China's already tempestuous relationship with the United States, possibly triggering economic sanctions. If...
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‘It's Life or Death:' Hong Kong Protests Risk Its Special Trade Relationship With the U.S

‘It's Life or Death:' Hong Kong Protests Risk Its Special Trade Relationship With the U.S

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Amid political disarray and unending protests, Hong Kong now faces one more potential risk: losing its special trading status with the United States over fears that the Chinese government will forcefully crack down on the demonstrators who have occupied parts of the city for 11 weeks.
Last week, after a spokesman for China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said protester violence would be combated with an “iron fist,” while Sen. Ben Cardin told Reuters that Hong Kong's trade status with the U.S. will be jeopardized “if China comes down hard on the protesters.”
Cardin was one of several...
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