Trump approves legislation backing Hong Kong protesters

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Nov 27) signed into law congressional legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong in spite of angry objections from Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade war.

The new legislation, approved unanimously by the US Senate and by all but one lawmaker in the House of Representatives last week, requires the State Department to certify, at least annually, that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to justify favorable US trading terms that have helped it maintain its position as a world financial centre.

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It also threatens sanctions for human rights violations.

READ: China summons US ambassador in protest over Hong Kong rights Bill

READ: Our coverage of the Hong Kong protests

Congress passed a second Bill – which Trump also signed – banning the export to the Hong Kong police of crowd-control munitions, such as teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns.

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"I signed these Bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settRead More – Source