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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, May 31

31 May 2020, 23:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- It is false to say China's national security legislation for Hong Kong denigrates "one country, two systems," but instead it protects the practice of the principle in the country's special administrative region, said a U.S. expert on China.

"It is false to say that by passing this national security law that 'one country, two systems' is being denigrated. In fact, I think Hong Kong's prosperity and stability can be guaranteed in that regard," Sourabh Gupta, senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for China-America Studies, told Xinhua on Friday.

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has imposed a curfew on the U.S. third largest city Saturday evening, as protests there over an African American's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday have escalated.

"I've seen protesters hurl projectiles at our police department ... bottles of water, urine and Lord knows what else," Lightfoot said. "I want to express my disappointment and really, my total disgust at the number of others who came to today's protests armed for all-out battle."

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NEW YORK -- New York officials on Saturday denounced acts of violence in the city's protests over George Floyd's death, after about 300 protesters were arrested in days.

"Any protestor who tries to take the humanity away from a police officer and devalue them just because they are a public servant is no better than the racists who devalue people of color and particularly black men in America," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a briefing.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's new Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on Sunday ruled out the likelihood of talks with United States, saying the negotiations with Washington is not for the interests of the country, state TV reported.

"The new parliament regards the fight against the world arrogance as an ideological cause and a strategic interest of Iran," Qalibaf was also quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

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