The increasingly tense US-China relationship

July 23, 2020

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A man is shown wearing a face mask and carrying a large brown cardboard box with the doors of the Chinese Consulate in Houston in the background.

A FedEx employee removes a box from the Chinese Consulate Thursday, in Houston, July 23, 2020. US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston.


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US-China relations have grown tense with regular clashes over trade, security, human rights and China's Hong Kong policies. Now, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning of Chinese meddling in Hong Kong's upcoming Legislative Council elections. And, since 2002, a treaty allows Canada to turn back asylum-seekers who come to its border checkpoints and hand them to US officials, where they face detention. But a Canadian judge ruled on Tuesday that the treaty is unconstitutional. Plus, the British boy band One Direction are celebrating 10 years since their founding.

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