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Hong Kong can showcase its democratic pedigree by its handling of the Edward Snowden case, Chinese state media said on Wednesday, in comments appearing to distance Beijing from any decision on his possible extradition. 

A woman walks past a banner displayed in support of former US intelligence technician Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong, on June 18, 2013. Hong Kong can showcase its democratic pedigree by its handling of Snowden's case, Chinese state media said on Wednesday, in comments appearing to distance Beijing from any decision on his possible extradition.

The semi-autonomous territory -- which has a separate legal system to mainland China -- has the opportunity of "proving itself a free society in front of the world" as Snowden vows to fight any attempt to send him back to the US, the Global Times newspaper said.

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