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Donald Trump defies China, signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

China's foreign ministry reiterated a threat of retaliation without offering any details

Donald Trump speaking at Economic Club. Photo: Reuters
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Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Mario Parker | Bloomberg
Donald Trump signed legislation that expresses US support for Hong Kong protesters, a move that threatens to complicate trade talks with Beijing just as the two nations get close to signing a phase one deal.

The bill requires annual reviews of Hong Kong’s special trade status under American law, as well as sanctions against any officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses or undermining the city’s autonomy. A second Hong Kong measure also bans the export of crowd-control items such as tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s police.

China’s foreign ministry reiterated a threat of retaliation without offering

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First Published: Nov 28 2019 | 8:10 AM IST

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