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China Hong Kong Protests

China Hong Kong Protests: China threatened retaliation against Washington on Thursday after US President Donald Trump signed legislation supporting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, just as the world’s top two economies edge towards a trade truce.

Activists in the crisis-hit city hailed the move, saying it would help them pile pressure on Beijing-backed local authorities, and staged a “Thanksgiving” rally saluting Trump and US lawmakers.

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Trump signed the legislation under heavy pressure from Congress, where it attracted rare bipartisan support, and in a statement spoke of his “respect” for Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling for both sides to “amicably settle their differences”.

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But Beijing lashed out furiously, summoning the US ambassador, threatening unspecified “firm countermeasures” and warning Washington not to implement the legislation.

“The nature of this is extremely abominable, and harbours absolutely sinister intentions,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

“China strongly urges the US side to correct mistakes and change course,” the ministry added later.

In Hong Kong, the government expressed “extreme regret” after Trump signed the legislation requiring an annual review of freedoms in Hong Kong and banning the sale of crowd control equipment.

“The two acts are obviously interfering in Hong Kong’s internal affairs,” the city government said in a statement, warning the move would “send the wrong message to the protesters”.

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Hong Kongers have protested in huge numbers over the last six months, fuelled by years of growing fears that authoritarian China is stamping out the city’s liberties. Full Story

 

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China on Thursday summoned the US ambassador and threatened retaliation after US President Donald Trump signed legislation supporting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, just as the world’s top two economies edge towards a trade truce.

Trump signed the legislation under heavy pressure from Congress, where it attracted rare bipartisan support, and in a statement spoke of his “respect” for Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling for both sides to “amicably settle their differences”.

But Beijing lashed out furiously, summoning the US ambassador, threatening unspecified “firm countermeasures” and warning Washington not to implement the legislation.

“The nature of this is extremely abominable, and harbours absolutely sinister intentions,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

“China strongly urges the US side to correct mistakes and change course,” the ministry added later.

In Hong Kong, the government expressed “extreme regret” after Trump signed legislation requiring an annual review of freedoms in Hong Kong and banning the sale of crowd control equipment like tear gas.

“The two acts are obviously interfering in Hong Kong’s internal affairs,” the city government said in a statement, warning the move would “send the wrong message to the protesters”. Full Story

Protesters in Hong Kong are celebrating

After Donald Trump signed legislation that effectively backs their civil rights.

Crowds of several thousand pro-democracy activists waved the US national flag in Hong Kong’s central district on Thursday, while others held up signs thanking the US president.
The jubilant scenes came as China’s government promised to retaliate after Mr Trump signed the legislation.
A statement from the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs warned it would respond with “firm countermeasures”, adding that the US must bear the consequences if it continues “going down the wrong path”.

The ministry also said that America’s actions “further expose the malicious and hegemonic nature of US intentions to the Chinese people,” and that the country’s actions are “bound to fail”.

Beijing had initially reacted with fury by summoning US ambassador Terry Branstad to demand the United States immediately stops interfering in its internal affairs and causing further damage to bilateral relations.

The bill requires the US State Department to certify, at least annually, that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to justify favourable US trading terms as well as threatening sanctions for human rights violations. Full Story

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