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With the world focused on COVID-19, China is flexing its muscles from Hong Kong to the Himalayas


Riot police stand guard ahead of a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong on June 9, 2020. Anthony Wallace / AFP - Getty Images

WASHINGTON — From Hong Kong to the South China Sea to the India-China border, Beijing is flexing its muscle and trying to extend its reach at a time when the world is preoccupied with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, according to current and former U.S. officials and regional experts.

China has taken an aggressive stance on multiple fronts, tangling with its neighbors in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, tightening its grip on Hong Kong and entering ...


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