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Beijing is right to take up Hong Kong’s drug case in Philippines

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Beijing says it will protect the human rights of all Chinese citizens aboard. That was in response to the arrest in Canada of telecoms giant Huawei No 2 Sabrina Meng Wanzhou for possible extradition to the United States. But Meng is among the biggest of the big cheese in China. Now we will see if the central government will show concern when it comes to ordinary people.

Four Hong Kong men have been jailed for life in the Philippines for drug possession after a police raid on their boat off the coast of Zambales province, northwest of Manila, in 2016. Despite well-known flaws about the Philippine justice system, we shouldn’t assume the men, aged 31 to 51, are innocent. Nevertheless, enough facts are known about their case to raise questions about the life sentences imposed. The Hong Kong........

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