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BEIJING - China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. 

The world's second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the previous quarter's 6.4%, government data showed Monday.

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A child plays with a balloon at a clothing store having a promotion sale in Beijing, July 15, 2019. China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years.

HONG KONG - Tens of thousands rallied in Hong Kong on Sunday driven by deep-seated anger at the government's handling of an extradition bill which has revived fears of Beijing attempting to erode freedoms in the former British colony.

Millions have taken to the streets over the past month in some of the largest and most violent protests in decades over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

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Anti-extradition bill protesters march at Sha Tin District of East New Territories, Hong Kong, July 14, 2019.

BEIJING - China's exports fell in June as the United States ramped up trade pressure, while imports shrank more than expected, pointing to further strains on the world's second-largest economy.

China's manufacturers are struggling with sluggish demand at home and abroad, and a sharp U.S. tariff hike announced in May is threatening to crush already-thin profit margins, reinforcing views that Beijing needs to announce more stimulus measures soon.

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Truck transports a container at a port in Qingdao, Shandong

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Taiwan on Saturday defended a proposal to purchase $2.2 billion in arms from the U.S., following a Chinese announcement that it would sanction any American companies involved in the deal.

U.S. weapons help strengthen Taiwan’s self-defense in the face of a growing military threat from China, the defense ministry said.

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, center, listens as Michael Splinter, far left, chair of the Taiwan U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaks to the media at the U.S. Taiwan Business Summit, July 12, 2019, in New York.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong are set to continue after protest leaders denounced Chief Executive Carrie Lam's reluctance to withdraw a bill that would facilitate extradition to mainland China and her decision to not open an investigation into police conduct.  

Lam, who has characterized her government's action surrounding the bill as a "complete failure," declared the controversial extradition bill "dead" on Tuesday, after weeks of protests gripped the nation. 

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Attendees hold candles in a vigil for the fourth apparent suicide related to the protests against an extradition law to China, in Hong Kong, July 10, 2019.