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Port calls often serve as a barometer of China-US ties. Last year, China canceled the vi
sit to Hong Kong of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp after Washington approved a $亚博体育yabo88靠谱么会所
330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan and sanctioned the Chinese military over a Russian arms deal.
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he US criticized China’s activities in the South China Sea. China also denied similar visits by US warships in 2014 and 2007.
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Law of the HKSAR. The Hong Kong government is tasked with hosting and carrying out the details of such events.
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ed with submitting requests and other information regarding US naval port calls.
Li Haidong, a professor of US studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said the US Navy has a long track record of port visits亚博体育yabo88靠谱么会所
to Hong Kong given its strategic location, and requests for such visits must be submitted in advance.
“Hong Kong has been in turmoil for months now. Coincidence or n
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spicious and does not take the feelings of the Chinese people into consideration,” Li said.