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New US plea to China for restraint in Hong Kong

A police officer (C) raises his baton at a group of pro-democracy protesters as he restrains a protester on the ground at Tamar, near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 1, 2014The United States on Monday issued a fresh appeal to Beijing to exercise restraint in Hong Kong, adding it was concerned that British MPs had been barred from visiting the territory. “We encourage differences between Hong Kong authorities and protesters to be addressed peacefully through dialogue,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Washington had conveyed its concerns to both Beijing and the authorities in Hong Kong, she added. “We continue to call for protesters to express their views peacefully and for Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint,” Psaki said.

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