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Trump Signs Bills Backing Pro-democracy Protesters in Hong Kong

Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:30 WIB Global

President Donald Trump has signed two separate bills backing pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, despite a trade deal in the balance and threats from Beijing. The House and Senate passed both bills last week nearly unanimously. One law requires the State Department to certify annually that China allows Hong Kong enough autonomy to guarantee its favorable trading status. It threatens sanctions on Chinese officials who do not. The second bans the export of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and other non-lethal ammunition to Hong Kong police. On Thursday, China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad to demand that the United States...

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