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Student activist Joshua Wong called on the Trump administration to keep an eye on developments in Hong Kong. Photo: Handout

Student activist Joshua Wong, democrat Martin Lee, bookseller Lam Wing-kee and former governor Chris Patten speak to panel on situation two decades after handover.

BORDER ZONE. The Chinese and North Korean flags attached to a railing as trucks carrying Chinese-made goods cross into North Korea on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 18, 2013. Mark Ralston/AFP

The text is a sign of the level to which ties between the two have deteriorated.

President Xi Jinping with staff members at the control room of China Central Television. Photo: CCTV

For yet another year, China has managed to hold onto its traditional spot at 176 on the annual World Press Freedom Index, besting only the states of Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea.

China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS

China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

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