Billions in the Balance as US Weighs Changing Hong Kong Trade Status

Billions of dollars in trade are hanging in the balance as U.S. lawmakers consider suspending Hong Kong’s special trading status after the State Department said it could no longer certify the territory’s high degree of autonomy from China.  After China took control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997,  Hong Kong’s economy remained one of the freest in the world, attracting billions of dollars in investment and becoming a home base for companies and banks across Asia.  Now, all of that is uncertain with Beijing’s passage of a new National Security Law that undercuts Hong Kong’s special status and would allow Chinese security agencies to limit the liberties of Hong Kong residents.  Hong Kong is already facing a deep recession because of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on trade and tourism. Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
Riot police wearing face masks stand guard in front of a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange, May 28, 2020.What’s at stake As of June 2018, more than 1,300 American companies have had business operations in Hong Kong, including nearly every major U.S. financial firm and about 290 regional headquarters with parent organizations in the United States, according to U.S. government data. An analysis from Reuters shows that about $67 billion in annual U.S.-Hong Kong trade of goods and services could be put at risk if Hong Kong loses its preferential lower U.S. tariff rate. The State Department said 85,000 U.S. citizens lived in Hong Kong in 2018. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hong Kong was the source of the largest bilateral U.S. goods trade surplus last year at $26.1 billion. The U.S. Senate proposed a bipartisan bill last week that would sanction officials and entities involved in the execution of new national security laws in Hong Kong and penalize banks that do businesses with those entities.  The Trump administration is also reportedly crafting a range of options to punish China over its tightening grip on Hong Kong, including targeted sanctions, new tariffs and further restrictions on Chinese companies. Such moves could mark the opening salvos of the U.S. response as President Donald Trump weighs how far he is prepared to go. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents U.S. business and investment interests, issued a statement Tuesday calling on the Chinese government to maintain Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” framework, while calling on the Trump administration to continue to seek constructive relations with Hong Kong. “It would be a serious mistake on many levels to jeopardize Hong Kong’s special status, which is fundamental to its role as an attractive investment destination and international financial hub,” it said in the statement. Adrianna Zhang contributed to this report.

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Minneapolis Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has declared a state of emergency in the tension-filled city where an African-American man died while in police custody Monday night.Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called out the National Guard to try to prevent a third straight night of violence.Several stores in Minneapolis and the twin city of St. Paul were set on fire Thursday night. St. Paul police report officers being hit by rocks and bottles.There are also reports of looting in St. Paul.The protesters are enraged by the death of George Floyd after a white police officer knelt on his neck while he was in custody, allegedly killing him.Minneapolis police say Floyd resembled a suspect wanted for allegedly trying to spend a counterfeit $20 bill in a food store. Police say he had resisted arrest. Bystanders captured the scene on cellphone video as officers detained Floyd. The video spread widely when posted online.“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,” Floyd pleaded, while being detained by a white police officer. According to cellphone video, the officer held Floyd on the ground and knelt on his neck. Floyd was handcuffed.Police move through an area during demonstrations May 28, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.The officer restraining Floyd urged him to “relax,” but the officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck after Floyd stopped moving. One witness said he heard Floyd calling out for his mother before dying.Because of Floyd’s “I can’t breathe,” his death was quickly compared to that of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York who died in 2014 after a white officer placed him in a chokehold while he begged for his life. Garner also told officers “I can’t breathe,” and the cry became a national rallying point against police brutality.The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. The FBI has joined Minneapolis police and the Hennepin County attorney’s office in the investigation. The Justice Department said the investigation is a top priority.President Donald Trump tweeted that he has asked for the probe to be “expedited. … My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”The city’s police union is asking the public to wait until the investigation is complete before “rushing to judgment and immediately condemning our officers.”But the public is responding to video, which shows Floyd’s head turned to the side as he does not appear to be resisting. Toward the end of the video, paramedics arrive, lift a limp Floyd onto a stretcher and place him in an ambulance.”He wasn’t actively resisting, and he was saying he couldn’t breathe,” said Charles P. Stephenson, a former police officer and FBI agent with expertise in use-of-force tactics quoted by the Associated Press. “You have to understand that possibility is there (that Floyd couldn’t breathe), and you release any kind of restriction you might have on an airway immediately.”Law enforcement officers have many ways to detain people but “no police academy that we know of teaches a police officer to use their knee, to put it on their neck,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which researches and advises on police practices, People pour milk onto the face of an injured man to wash pepper spray out of his eyes during a protest outside the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn.The windows of nearly every store surrounding the Target were smashed and a hamburger restaurant was burned to the ground.Police in riot gear fired tear gas to break up a crowd demonstrating outside a Minneapolis police precinct. The building and one police car were damaged.No serious injuries were reported, but Minneapolis police have arrested a suspect they said shot and killed a man he believed was trying to loot a pawn shop.Some residents who live near the looted stores strongly criticized the police but said they cannot understand why people are destroying their own neighborhood, including places where they shop.Floyd’s death drew international attention.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Right Michelle Bachelet said U.S. authorities have a duty to ensure that justice is done as she read off the list of black men who have lost their lives in U.S. police custody over the last few years.“In too many cases in the past, such investigations have led to killings being deemed justified on questionable grounds, or only being addressed by administrative measures,” she said.A protester washes her eyes May 28, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests over the death of George Floyd, the black man who died in police custody, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night.While Bachelet said the “entrenched and pervasive” racism in the United States must be recognized and tackled, she also said more violence and looting will not solve the problem.“I urge protesters to express their demands for justice peacefully, and I urge the police to take utmost care not inflame the current situation even more with any further use of excessive force.”Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN Thursday that he is “tired of seeing black men die” and urged protesters to maintain peace. He called on police to “start doing your job the right way, because I haven’t been seeing it. … I want justice. I just want justice,” he said, he fighting back tears.Frey said Thursday that the violent reaction to Floyd’s death is the “result of so much built-up anger and sadness … that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years,” a reference to slavery and subsequent racism.Frey is white, and the city he leads is close to 64 percent white, according to the U.S. Census. Only about 19 percent of the city’s residents are African American.Floyd’s death comes weeks after three people were charged with the fatal shooting in Georgia of Ahmaud Arbery. The African American man was allegedly killed in February by a white former Glynn County police officer and his son who apparently mistook Arbery for a burglar while he was jogging. The two were charged only after a video of the shooting emerged several weeks later. The man who shot the video was charged. 

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Chinese Grad Students May Be Next Hit by US-China Tensions

The Trump administration may soon expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and impose other sanctions against Chinese officials in the latest signs of tensions between Washington and Beijing that are raging over trade, the coronavirus pandemic, human rights and the status of Hong Kong.President Donald Trump said he would make an announcement about China on Friday, and administration officials said he is considering a months-old proposal to revoke the visas of students affiliated with educational institutions in China linked to the People’s Liberation Army or Chinese intelligence.Trump is also weighing targeted travel and financial sanctions against Chinese officials for actions in Hong Kong, according to the officials, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.”We’ll be announcing what we’re doing tomorrow with respect to China and we are not happy with China,” Trump told reporters at an unrelated event Thursday, referring mainly to COVID-19. “We are not happy with what’s happened. All over the world people are suffering, 186 countries. All over the world they’re suffering. We’re not happy.”FILE – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, May 20, 2020.Although the student expulsions aren’t directly related to Hong Kong and China’s move to assert full control over the former British territory, potential sanctions against officials involved in that effort would be a result of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s determination that Hong Kong can no longer be considered autonomous from mainland China.Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong is no longer deserving of the preferential trade and commercial status it has enjoyed from the U.S. since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Under a joint Sino-British agreement on the handover, Hong Kong was to be governed differently than the mainland for 50 years under a “one country, two systems” policy.Pompeo’s determination opened the door to possible sanctions and the loss of special perks Hong Kong has received from the United States. But neither Pompeo nor other officials were able Wednesday to describe what action the administration might take, an uncertainty related to the impact that such sanctions would have on U.S. companies that operate in Hong Kong and the city’s position as Asia’s major financial hub. Trump’s comments sparked a drop in U.S. financial markets.Concerns from educatorsSerious consideration of the visa revocation proposal, first reported by The New York Times, has faced opposition from U.S. universities and scientific organizations who depend on tuition fees paid by Chinese students to offset other costs. In addition, those institutions fear possible reciprocal action from Beijing that could limit their students’ and educators’ access to China.In a nod to those concerns, the officials said any restrictions would be narrowly tailored to affect only students who present a significant risk of engaging in espionage or intellectual property theft. The officials could not say how many people could ultimately be expelled.The possibility that the proposal may be implemented has drawn concerns from educators.”We’re very worried about how broadly this will be applied, and we’re concerned it could send a message that we no longer welcome talented students and scholars from around the globe,” said Sarah Spreitzer, director of government relations at the American Council on Education.”We don’t have a lot of details about how they are going to define ties to Chinese universities, what type of universities are they going to target, what would constitute a university having ties to the Chinese military,” she said.If the situation were reversed and another nation imposed limits on students from U.S. universities that receive Defense Department funding, she noted, it would affect a wide range of schools.The U.S. hosted 133,396 graduate students from China in the 2018-19 academic year, and they made up 36.1% of all international graduate students, according to the Institute of International Education. Overall, there were 369,548 students from China, accounting for 33.7% of international students who contributed nearly $15 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018.Rising tensionsThe proposal to revoke the visas is not directly related to the dispute over Hong Kong, nor is it tied to U.S. criticism of China for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Rather, it is connected to various elements of trade and human rights issues that have seen U.S. officials complain about Chinese industrial espionage and spying and harassment of dissidents and religious and ethnic minorities.But the timing of a potential announcement could come at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric about the imposition of national security laws on Hong Hong in violation of the Sino-British accord.The proposal first began to be discussed last year when the administration moved to require Chinese diplomats based in the United States to report their domestic U.S. travel and meetings with American scientists and academics. At the time, U.S. officials said it was a reciprocal measure to match restrictions that American diplomats face in China.Those limits were followed by a requirement that Chinese state-run media in the U.S. register as “foreign diplomatic missions” and report their property holdings and employee rosters to the government. That was, in turn, followed by the limiting of the number of visas for Chinese journalists allowed to work in the United States.China retaliated for the visa limitations by expelling several reporters from U.S. media outlets, including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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What is Section 230 of Communications Decency Act?

QUESTION: What is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act?ANSWER: Section 230 “is one of the most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation” on the internet, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a U.S.-based global nonprofit digital rights group.The original purpose of the 1996 Communications Decency Act was to restrict free speech on the internet, the EFF said. The Supreme Court, however, struck down anti-free speech provisions after objections from the internet community, including the EFF.Section 230 says, in part, that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”Q: What is an interactive computer service?A: An interactive computer service is partially described in the CDA as “any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server, including specifically a service or system that provides access to the internet.”This means internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are subject to CDA regulations.A variety of interactive computer service providers that generally include any online service that publishes third-party content are also required to comply with CDA regulations. Examples are Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo.Q: Does the CDA provide protections for online intermediaries? If so, what are they?A: Section 230 protects them from civil liability. It says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected; or any action taken to enable or make available to information content providers or others the technical means to restrict access to material described in paragraph.”In summary, Section 230 protects online intermediaries against multiple laws that could otherwise hold them legally accountable for the content and actions of others. Regular ISPs are protected, as are essentially any online services that publish third-party content.While the measure protects them from some of their users’ content, it does not completely do so, as they must still comply with certain intellectual property and criminal laws.Q: Do other countries offer legal protections to interactive computer services, as Section 230 of the CDA does in the U.S.?A: Many other countries do not have similar laws, according to the EFF. While Canada, European countries and Japan provide high levels of internet access, most major online services are U.S.-based.”This is in part because CDA 230 makes the U.S. a safe haven for websites that want to provide a platform for controversial or political speech and a legal environment favorable to free expression,” the EFF says.Source: https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230

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US Charges North Korean Bank Officials in Sanctions Case

The Justice Department unsealed charges Thursday against more than two dozen North Korean individuals accused of making at least $2.5 billion in illicit payments linked to the country’s nuclear weapons and missile program. The case, filed in federal court in Washington, is believed to be the largest criminal enforcement action ever brought against North Korea. The 33 defendants include executives of North Korea’s state-owned bank, Foreign Trade Bank, which in 2013 was added to a Treasury Department list of sanctioned institutions and cut off from the U.S. financial system.  According to the indictment, the bank officials — one of whom had served in North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau — set up branches in countries around the world, including Thailand, Russia and Kuwait, and used more than 250 front companies to process U.S. dollar payments to further the country’s nuclear proliferation program. Five of the defendants are Chinese citizens who operated covert branches in either China or Libya. “Through this indictment, the United States has signified its commitment to hampering North Korea’s ability to illegally access the U.S. financial system and limit its ability to use proceeds from illicit actions to enhance its illegal WMD and ballistic missile programs,” acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said in a statement. The prosecution underscores ongoing concerns about sanctions violations by North Korea. Last month, United Nations experts recommended blacklisting 14 vessels for violating sanctions against North Korea, accusing the country in a report of increasing illegal coal exports and imports of petroleum products and continuing with cyberattacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to gain illicit revenue. The U.S. has seized about $63 million from the scheme since 2015, according to the indictment. It was not immediately clear whether any of the defendants had lawyers.

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Поліція відпустила кількох затриманих у Москві журналістів

Журналістів Сергія Смирнова, Тетяну Фельгенгауер і Олександра Плющева відпустили з московського відділку поліції, куди їх доставили раніше 28 травня за одиночні пікети на підтримку колеги Іллі Азара.

На всіх трьох журналістів склали протоколи про порушення правил проведення мітингів і порушення так званого «режиму самоізоляції».

 

Всього в Москві на одиночних пікетах на підтримку Іллі Азара затримали вісьмох людей.

Із закликом негайно звільнити затриманих до російської влади звернувся представник ОБСЄ з питань свободи засобів інформації Арлем Дезір.

 

За чинним російським законодавством, одиночний пікет – єдина форма протесту, яка не потребує попереднього узгодження з владою. Але фактично поліція часто затримує учасників будь-якого протестного виступу.

Суд у Росії заарештував журналіста «Нової газети» і активіста Іллю Азара на 15 діб за одиночний пікет біля будівлі Міністерства внутрішніх справ у Москві. Його визнали винним у повторному порушенні законодавства про мітинги. Про це Азар повідомив в своєму телеграм-каналі.

Азара затримали під час пікету на підтримку засновника пабліку «Омбудсмен поліції» Володимира Воронцова 26 травня в центрі Москви. Підставою для затримання поліція назвала заборону на проведення публічних заходів.

 

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Democratic Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over TikTok Privacy Regulations

Fourteen Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee are requesting that Federal Trade Commission regulators investigate the popular video app TikTok for violations of children’s privacy.The Energy and Commerce Committee conducts oversight on the FTC’s privacy unit. The lawsuit filed Thursday follows claims submitted by the Center for Digital Democracy, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and others that TikTok failed to remove videos posted by children under the age of 13, which it had previously agreed to do in a 2019 agreement with the FTC.The FTC fined TikTok $5.7 million in February 2019 over lax enforcement of measures designed to ensure children’s privacy.In addition to removing videos of underage children, the FTC also required the company to comply with all aspects of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in the future.The 2019 case alleged that TikTok neglected to implement blocks against the collection of tweens’ personal data and did not permit parents to request that their child’s data be deleted — if the parents were even aware that personal data was being collected in the first place.After the FTC ruling, TikTok introduced an under-13 section of the app that does not permit the dissemination of personal information. Last month, the Family Pairing feature was announced, which provides parents with a way to implement restrictions on all teenage accounts, not just those under 13.The Democratic lawmakers say that failure to comply with the FTC’s mandate violates COPPA.”The blatant disregard for the consent decree could encourage other websites to fail to adhere to settlements made with your agency, thereby weakening protections for all Americans,” the letter to the FTC said.The Chinese-owned app has been downloaded 1.9 billion times internationally, including 172 million times in the United States, The New York Times reported. Its popularity has soared since the onset the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide shelter-in-place orders, achieving record first-quarter growth.Suspicions over data collectionThe U.S. government has previously expressed doubts regarding the trustworthiness of the app, citing its Chinese origins. Several branches of the U.S. military, for example, have prohibited personnel from creating an account, and at least one senator has proposed legislation to ban use for federal employees.The lawmakers’ letter to the FTC comes after two Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter to the CEO of TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance.Representatives Greg Walden and Cathy McMorris Rodgers requested that the company disclose its data-collection practices for Americans and how that data is shared with the Chinese Communist Party or other Chinese state entities.According to The Hill, TikTok has previously stated it stores American user data in Singapore and denies that it shares information with the Chinese government.

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У Росії помер скалічений у колонії правозахисник Сергій Мохнаткін

У Росії помер правозахисник і громадський активіст Сергій Мохнаткін. Про його смерть повідомили письменник Віктор Шендерович, правозахисник Григорій Міхнов-Вайтенко та інші люди, які його знали. Мохнаткіну було 66 років.

 

Мохнаткін помер після тривалої хвороби. У квітні його дружина Анна Кречетова писала, що він перебуває у тяжкому стані після операції в московській лікарні. 3 квітня завідувачка реанімаційним відділенням сказала, що можливий будь-який розвиток, оскільки «дуже багато ускладнень». «Сергій при тямі, дихає сам. Отримує спеціальне харчування», – вказала дружина.

Наприкінці 2019 року 66-річний Сергій Мохнаткін був госпіталізований до лікарні в тяжкому стані. У нього почалися ускладнення після травми, отриманої під час перебування у виправній колонії №4 міста Архангельська. У 2016 році російські тюремники зламали йому хребет. За словами близьких, домогтися госпіталізації вдалося лише за допомогою правозахисників.

 

31 грудня 2009 року Сергій Мохнаткін був заарештований під час участі в протестній акції «Стратегія 31» на Тріумфальній площі в Москві. Він був звинувачений у побитті співробітника 2-го оперативного полку міліції і засуджений на 2 роки 6 місяців ув’язнення в колонії загального режиму.

Перебуваючи в колонії, активно захищав свої права і права інших ув’язнених, за що неодноразово піддавався репресіям. Російська правозахисна спільнота визнала його політичним в’язнем.

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Понад 40 мільйонів людей втратили роботу у США після початку епідемії

Число американців, які звернулися по допомогу з безробіття з моменту початку епідемії коронавірусної інфекції, перевищило 40 мільйонів.

За останні сім днів по допомогу звернулися 2,1 мільйона громадян США. Це дещо менше, ніж у попередні тижні, коли фіксувалися рекордні значення, понад 6 мільйонів людей за тиждень.

Число нових звернень багаторазово перевищує всі показники, встановлені з моменту, коли статистичні служби почали відстежувати ці дані. Загальний рівень безробіття в країні вже можна порівняти з часом Великої депресії. У квітні він становив понад 14 відсотків, за підсумками травня, як очікується, безробіття перевищить 20 відсотків.

Абсолютне число безробітних, однак, почало знижуватися: вперше з середини березня. Якщо минулого тижня допомогу отримували 25 мільйонів американців, то поточного – 21 мільйон.

Головна причина того, що мільйони американців втратили роботу, – обмеження на роботу перш за все підприємств сфери послуг, запроваджені в межах карантинних заходів.

 

Штати США почали запроваджувати карантин у другій половині березня. З кінця квітня почалося поступове скасування обмежень. Адміністрація Дональда Трампа сподівається на швидке відновлення робочих місць після виходу з карантину.

Сполучені Штати перебувають на першому місці в світі за кількістю виявлених випадків інфекції та за кількістю смертей від COVID-19. 27 травня, за підрахунками американського інституту Джонса Гопкінса, число жертв епідемії в США перевищило 100 тисяч (всього в світі – близько 360 тисяч).

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Loved Ones Reunite at an Oasis on Closed US-Canada Border

Alec de Rham sat with his back against a stone obelisk marked “International Boundary” as he and his wife visited with a daughter they hadn’t seen in 10 weeks.  
Hannah Smith took a bus and a bicycle from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the border to meet her “main person,” Jabree Robinson, of Bellingham, Washington.
And beside a large, white arch symbolizing U.S.-Canadian friendship, Lois England and Ian Hendon kissed giddily, reunited for a few hours after the longest separation of their three-year relationship.
Families, couples and friends — separated for weeks by the pandemic-fueled closing of the border between the U.S. and Canada — are flocking to Peace Arch Park, an oasis on the border where they can reunite, and touch, and hug.
The park covers 42 acres (17 hectares) of manicured lawn, flower beds, and cedar and alder trees, extending from Blaine, Washington, into Surrey, British Columbia, at the far western end of the 3,987-mile (6146-km) contiguous border. As long as they stay in the park, visitors can freely roam from the U.S. to the Canadian side, and vice versa, without showing so much as a passport.  
It’s a frequent site of picnics and sometimes weddings, not to mention an area for travelers to stretch their legs when holiday traffic clogs the ports of entry. And for now it’s one of just a few areas along the along the entire border where those separated by the closure can meet.
Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns. The U.S. side reopened early this month, as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee eased some of the restrictions in his stay-home order, and the Canadian side reopened two weeks ago. England, of Sumas, Washington, said she cried when Hendon called to give her the news and they quickly made plans to meet.
England said she and Hendon have generally been careful about social distancing, but there was no thought of keeping 6 feet apart when they saw each other.
“I was really getting depressed over it — this was a huge reprieve,” she said.
It typically takes 40 minutes for England to get to Hendon’s home in Surrey, and they have usually seen each other at least once a week since they met online three years ago. Hendon, an electrician, has kept busy with work during the pandemic, while England has spent time with her daughter and her mother, who live nearby.
The couple chat by Skype almost every morning, but England missed Hendon so badly a few weeks ago that she tried to enter Canada as an “essential” visitor — a category reserved for medical workers, airline crews or truckers hauling crucial goods. Canadian guards turned her away.
One reunion was not enough. The next day, they returned with a barbecue and steaks.
About a half-hour drive to the east, other families met where roads on either side closely parallel a small ditch marking the border. Visitors set up chairs across from each other and had long chats; there’s less freedom to touch there.  
Before they tried it, Tim and Kris Browning thought it might be too hard to see each other without touching. Kris lives north of the border in Abbotsford, where she is a hospital cook, and Tim lives just south, where he works as an electrician for a berry grower. They married in 2014 after meeting online; the virus has delayed Tim’s application to move to Canada.
But chatting across the ditch and a rusty guard rail, or in a nearby raspberry field owned by Tim’s employer, has become a weekly highlight — much better than a device, they said.
“It’s been really heartwarming to see all the families out, and everyone’s been so nice,” said Tim, who usually spends three days a week with Kris and her two children in Canada. “One Border Patrol agent came by and said, ‘Why aren’t you hugging your wife? Go on, hug your wife!'”

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