To Get Back Arrested Executive, China Uses a Hardball Tactic: Seizing Foreigners

In a rapid-fire climax to a 1,030-day standoff, China prepared to welcome home a company executive whose arrest in Canada and possible extradition to the United States made her a focus of superpower friction. In getting her back, Beijing brandished a formidable political tool: using detained foreign citizens as bargaining chips in disputes with other …

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To Get Back Arrested Executive, China Uses a Hardball Tactic: Seizing Foreigners

While the Canadian courts heard arguments, there were hints that Washington and Beijing were trying to find common ground.Negotiations between Ms. Meng’s team and the Justice Department began more than a year ago, said one person familiar with the Justice Department’s negotiations with her. At the State Department, the two Canadians appeared to be a …

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China Detains Business Executives as Its Corporate Crusade Expands

BEIJING — The authorities in China have taken into custody the top two executives of a conglomerate that bought up businesses around the world before quickly collapsing under heavy debts, the latest move to discipline the country’s corporate leaders. The conglomerate, a transportation and logistics company called HNA Group, said late on Friday that the …

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That Comment Someone Left on Facebook? It Can Get You Sued.

Dylan Voller was already a polarizing figure in Australia when the disturbing, violent and demonstrably false accusations against him began to appear on Facebook. Mr. Voller had become famous overnight in 2016 after a television news exposé on the mistreatment of juveniles in the country’s criminal detention system broadcast a photograph of him, at age …

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Hong Kong Is Holding Elections. It Wants Them to Look Real.

HONG KONG — As far as the trappings of a healthy democracy go, Hong Kong’s upcoming legislative election has them all. Hundreds of politicians hand out leaflets in the tropical heat. Posters remind residents of voter registration deadlines. During a preliminary ballot on Sunday, the government touted a record 90 percent turnout rate. All the …

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Your Friday Briefing

We’re covering the U.S. preparing for Covid booster shots and the resignation of a U.S. diplomat over the deportation of Haitian migrants. U.S. moves to roll out Covid booster shots A day after drug regulators authorized the third shot of the Pfizer vaccine for some Americans, a panel from the Centers for Disease Control and …

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