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Hong Kong's people stand up to China

Hong Kong protestor
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Protesters in Hong Kong braved pepper spray and rubber bullets to successfully delay debate on a controversial bill that would expose Hongkongers to extradition to mainland China.

Why it matters: A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 but retained a high degree of autonomy — including the freedom to protest and an independent judiciary. Hong Kong residents worry that’s all crumbling as the Chinese Communist Party tightens its grip.

U.S. preparing for $2B arms sale to Taiwan: Reports

A US M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds at the US Army's Rodriguez Live Firing Range in Pocheon,about 15 km south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, on September 1, 2011.
A US M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank. Photo: Park Ji-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images

Congress has received notification of a potential $2 billion U.S. sale of tanks and other weapons to Taiwan, Reuters first reported Wednesday, citing 4 sources who spoke on condition of remaining anonymous.

Details: Bloomberg reports the Pentagon and State Department outlined to Congress the deal would include a resupply of anti-air and anti-armor weapons and the first-time sale of the U.S. Army’s the M1A2 tank, described as the "backbone of the armored forces."