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Beijing slaps down HK separatists to make a strong point

Hundreds of HK lawyers wearing black staged a silent protest on Tuesday at the Court of Final Appeal.


WHEN President Xi Jinping of China meets foreign leaders, he tends to recite talking points in a dutiful monotone, diplomats say. But when challenges to China's sovereignty come up - like protests in Hong Kong - he roars to life.

"He read flatly from the script," one...

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