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World Trump approves legislation backing Hong Kong protesters -White House

01:45  28 november  2019
01:45  28 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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WASHINGTON — President Trump refused to commit Friday to signing legislation overwhelmingly passed by Congress to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong , saying that he supported the protesters but that President Xi Jinping of China was “a friend of mine.”.

In a statement from the White House , Trump said: I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China As a reminder, the legislation , S. 1838, requires annual reviews of Hong Kong ’s special trade status While many members of Congress in both parties have voiced strong support for protesters

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

The new legislation, approved unanimously by the U.S. 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 U.S. trading terms that have helped it maintain its position as a world financial center. It also threatens sanctions for human rights violations.

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White House reporter. President Trump on Wednesday signed legislation designed to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong after previously The legislation authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials involved in human rights abuses and requires the State Department

Trump has been silent as the Hong Kong protests escalated into violence in recent weeks, even as lawmakers of both parties “We stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong ,” said Republican Representative Chris Smith, who has been pushing the legislation since Hong Kong protests in 2014.

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.

"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 settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all," Trump said in a statement.

Trump had been vague about whether he would sign or veto the legislation, while trying strike a deal with China on trade that he has made a top priority ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.

China has denounced the legislation as gross interference in its affairs and a violation of international law.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Tom Brown)


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