Members of China's National People's Congress voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to draft a law in Hong Kong, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security.
The attacks come on the heels of a rare three-day truce during the Eid al Fitr holiday that ended on Tuesday night.
The measure and the way it is being enacted prompted Washington to announce it no longer will treat Hong Kong as being autonomous from Beijing.
Using geofencing and phone-monitoring systems, security sources say, has "quite effectively" helped to track coronavirus cases.
The US request coincides with rising tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic.
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 5.7 million people, with over 357,000 deaths. Here are coronavirus-related updates for May 27:
US President Donald Trump says his country should no longer be a police force in Afghanistan after 19 years, calling for troop withdrawal, which according to reports is considerably ahead of schedule.
"United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute," US President Trump tweets, as troops of both countries remain locked in a standoff in India-administered Kashmir's Ladakh region.
Authorities estimate insects have engulfed more than 50,000 hectares of agricultural land in seven states, where people are already suffering from coronavirus pandemic.
Riot police flooded the streets as protesters gathered ahead of a debate on the bill that once enacted will criminalise abuse of China's national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.
The law has revived mass protests by demonstrators who say China aims to curb the freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong, a global financial centre with broad autonomy.
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 5.6 million people, with over 349,000 deaths, according to a tracker. Here are coronavirus-related updates for May 26:
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