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Britain Welcomes Chinese Assurance on Hong Kong Elections

The British government, trying to defuse a row with China over Hong Kong, has welcomed a Chinese declaration that Beijing intends eventually to allow the former British colony to elect its leader by universal suffrage. Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 under an agreement which said it could keep its wide-ranging freedoms and autonomy. But pro-democracy activists say a Chinese decision to tightly curb nominations for a 2017 leadership vote means Hong Kong risks ending up...

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