Celebrations are taking place to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China. But Beijing fears the anniversary could be overshadowed by pro-democracy protests and unrest in Hong Kong.
China has criticized the UN high commissioner for human rights after she suggested Hong Kong authorities should launch an investigation into the use of force during protests.
US Navy visits to Hong Kong have been suspended. But sanctions on several pro-democracy US NGOs are more symbolic than substantive after China had threatened strong countermeasures.
Human rights advocates say Germany can do more to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and condemn the Uighur camps in Xinjiang, but business interests stand in the way.
Hong Kong has held local polls widely seen as a referendum on the popularity of top leadership after months of civil unrest. District councils are the only leadership bodies in Hong Kong directly elected by the people.
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