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China’s interference in Hong Kong reaching alarming levels: U.S. congressional panel

China Daily Mail

Members from the pro-democracy Civic Party carry a portrait of Gui Minhai (L) and Lee Bo during a protest outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip Members from the pro-democracy Civic Party carry a portrait of Gui Minhai (L) and Lee Bo during a protest outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A U.S. congressional panel has warned of an “alarming” rise in China‘s interference in Hong Kong, noting fears over the former British colony’s continued role as a global financial hub.

In its annual report to Congress on Wednesday, the bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission highlights the “chilling” abduction and detention of five booksellers based in Hong Kong as well as pressure on media and academic freedoms.

Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement that ensures its freedoms, independent legal system and wide-ranging autonomy remain intact.

The commission, in a detailed 33-page section, urges a fresh probe from the State Department into Hong Kong’s…

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