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Rise of Hong Kong Localists in Election Puts US in Quandary

A Hong Kong election that saw unprecedented wins by “localist” activists seeking self-determination for the autonomous Chinese territory is posing a dilemma for the United States. Washington often has promoted democratic movements around the world, but it also has recognized Hong Kong as a special administrative region of China since Britain returned it to Chinese rule in 1997. The U.S. State Department reacted cautiously to the first-time victories of six localists in Hong Kong’s...

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