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US looks at contingency plan in case of violent Hong Kong crackdown

Territory's 'high degree of autonomy' in retreat, State Department official says

The People's Liberation Army soldiers at the Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong.    © Reuters

NAGOYA -- The U.S. is looking at its options in case the Hong Kong protests result in a violent crackdown, a high-ranking State Department official told Nikkei Saturday, noting that the high degree of autonomy the territory once enjoyed has now become "diminished."

Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell said he was "very concerned" about the situation in Hong Kong, with Chinese troops on the streets of the territory.

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