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China has imposed the death penalty on a second Canadian citizen for drug-related offenses in as many days, amid a deepening diplomatic row centered on Canada’s arrest of a well-connected Chinese tech executive.

Hong Kong is offering residents free coronavirus testing as it battles its biggest outbreak yet, with government leaders trying to reassure citizens suspicious of the intentions of the Chinese technicians and pop-up labs crossing over from the mainland to assess the spread of Covid-19.

The U.S. and China have agreed to high-level talks on Aug. 15 to assess Beijing’s compliance with the “phase one” bilateral trade agreement signed early this year, according to people briefed on the matter.

Washington’s ultimatum to the Chinese owner of TikTok—sell the app’s American operations to Microsoft or leave the country—is hardening suspicions in China that the U.S. aims to sabotage the country’s efforts to grow its own technology.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would postpone coming legislative elections for a year, citing a recent upsurge in coronavirus cases, in a move likely to fuel international furor over the city’s diminishing political freedoms.

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 51.1 in July from 50.9 in June, marking the fifth consecutive month that factory activity expanded.

Twelve opposition candidates were barred Thursday from running in upcoming legislative elections, as authorities continue dismantling a pro-democracy movement that challenges Beijing’s authority in the city.

While the Trump administration is targeting China with various Xinjiang-related sanctions, changes in U.S. asylum policies have left hundreds of Uighurs waiting in the U.S. years because of a backlog of more than 300,000 cases.

China’s Communist Party expelled an influential businessman who has been an outspoken critic of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, as prosecutors prepare corruption charges in a case likely to chill dissent within the Beijing elite.

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