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Hong Kong protests

US and allies blast Hong Kong security law as China shrugs

State Department eyes response to 'change behavior' in Beijing

People's Liberation Army vessels at a naval base in Hong Kong.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S., Australia, the U.K. and Canada expressed "deep concern" on Thursday over Beijing's approval of a national security law to be imposed in Hong Kong, a move seen as a major erosion to the city's autonomy.

"Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom," the countries said in a joint statement. "The international community has a significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong's prosperity and stability."

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