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US Criticism Mild as China Bars Hong Kong Independence Activists

China’s unprecedented barring of two election-winning Hong Kong independence activists from becoming lawmakers has drawn a relatively mild expression of disappointment from Washington. Hong Kong’s High Court disqualified the two legislators-elect, Sixtus Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, Tuesday, saying they failed to take a valid oath at a ceremony last month and would not get a second chance. Leung and Yau had altered the wording of the Hong Kong Legislative Council’s oath of office...

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