China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan, says won't tolerate separatist schemes

China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan, says won't tolerate separatist schemes
- Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 in favour of Beijing. But it maintains trade relations with the island and sells it weapons, angering China. The report also hinted at a hardening stance towards dissent in the semi-autonomous cities of Hong Kong and Macau, which Beijing rules ...