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So much for the West's warnings -- China's going to do what China's going to do

July 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes on a proposal to draft a security law on Hong Kong during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28, 2020. - China's rubber-stamp parliament endorsed plans May 28 to impose a national security law on Hong Kong that critics say will destroy the city's autonomy. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

China's decision to impose a draconian new security law in Hong Kong is a watershed in international relations, proof that Beijing is now sufficiently confident of its own power to accept the global consequences.

Hong Kong could lose its trade benefits with the US, for example (though US threats may have been undermined by President Donald Trump's reported assurances that he didn't really care what Chinese President Xi Jinping did in Hong Kong or in Xinjiang, so long as his trade deal went through. ) In any case, Beijing was not deterred by the prospect of complications for its big firms like Huawei, or of losing lucrative foreign investments.

Trump reads, the White House saw fit to announce on Tuesday, amid widespread reports he doesn't consume the written version of the highly-classified President's Daily Brief.

"The President does read and he also consumes intelligence verbally," press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, when questioned why Trump isn't reading the PDB, which included information about Russia paying the Taliban to target coalition troops, earlier this year.

But if the players won't show up, there's going to be a problem.

While North American leagues gear up to resume mothballed seasons, elite players are beginning to wrestle with the implications of playing games in the middle of a pandemic.

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