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China Defends Crackdown on Critics Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

China on Tuesday defended as "lawful" its detention of government critics ahead of this week's 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Dozens of activists have been detained or placed under house arrest in the lead-up to the June 3-4 anniversary of the violent suppression of pro-democracy protests. When asked Tuesday why Beijing was detaining the dissidents, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said only that China was acting according to the law. "In...

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