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China furious over US bill to name road for jailed Nobel laureate

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China on Tuesday slammed the US Senate for moving to rename a stretch of road after a jailed dissident and Nobel laureate — potentially changing its Washington embassy’s address to 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza.

Liu was a co-author of Charter 08, a bold petition calling for political reform in the Communist-ruled country, and was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for subversion. His Nobel award the following year outraged Beijing.

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The Senate passed the measure — introduced by Republican senator Ted Cruz, currently vying to be his party’s presidential nominee — on Friday.

The move “violated the basic norms of international relations”, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

“We require the US Senate to stop the deliberation on the relevant bill, and we also hope that the US administration will stop and put an end to the political fuss,” he said at a regular briefing.

On Sunday the Global Times, a paper with close ties to China’s ruling party, posted an editorial on its website saying the move was “no big deal”.

But Hong said: “If the bill is passed, it will cause grave consequences.”

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A committee of the US House of Representatives is now considering a similar bill. If passed, the legislation would require President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.


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"Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Friday, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest," the AP reported Friday. "The former vice president has effectively been his party’s leader since his last challenger in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders, ended his campaign in April. But Biden pulled together the 1,991 delegates needed to become the nominee after seven states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries Tuesday."

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On Friday, President Donald Trump retweeted a video from right-wing commentator Glenn Beck, which appeared to question the wisdom of calling George Floyd a "hero" — and concurring with Black GOP commentator Candace Owens, who said it "sickens me" he is being "held up as a martyr."

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