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China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom in Freedom on the Net for the third consecutive year. Photo: Freedom House/Screenshot

Dharamshala — According to a new report from Freedom House- Freedom of the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy, China was named world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the third time in a row.

Xi Jinping speaking at the opening of the National Congress in Beijing last week. Photo: file

Dharamshala — “We will never allow anyone, any organization, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China,” said President Xi Jinping during the opening remarks of the19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, an indication of his unchanging and harsh policies for Tibet.

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.

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.

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