China furious as Trump signs Hong Kong bills

Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Nov. 18

Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Nov. 18

The U.S. legislation followed a stunning election victory by the pro-democracy camp in Sunday's local elections, in a rebuke of the government's handling of the crisis. He expressed concerns with unspecified portions of the new law, saying they risked interfering with his constitutional authority to carry out American foreign policy.

Mr Trump said he signed the law "out of respect for President Xi [Jinping], China, and the people of Hong Kong".

"Trump had to sign this bill given the overwhelming support from Congress", said Nader Naeimi, head of dynamic markets at AMP Capital Investors Ltd.

Hong Kong has seen renewed protests after a peaceful day on November 24, when the city's pro-democracy camp scored a landslide victory against the pro-Beijing establishment in local elections.

In point of fact, Trump's Tuesday's (November 26th) upscaled comments over reaching an initial trade accord came forth shortly after leading negotiators from Washington and Beijing, US Treasury Mnuchin, USTR Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premiere Liu He had spoken in a telephone call and made a decision to keep working on remaining issues.

It also requires the State Department to review Hong Kong's preferential trade status every year.

The next round of USA tariffs on Chinese goods is due to take effect on December 15.

"We're in the final throes of a very important deal, I guess you could say one of the most important deals in trade ever", Trump said. "It's another notch in U.S. Xi wants a deal, I think".

Last week, people were detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district.

The standoff settled into a tense stalemate during which hundreds fled the campus - some making daring escapes, others caught and beaten by officers during failed breakouts - leaving a dwindling core of holdouts surrounded by police cordons.

Trump admitted last week that he had weighed the consequences of signing the bill.

"This new law could not be more timely in showing strong USA support for Hong Kongers' long-cherished freedoms", he said. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was crucial for the U.S.to speak up. USA and Chinese officials, lawmakers and trade experts warn such follow-on negotiations may prove hard given the November 2020 U. presidential election, the difficulties in getting the first stage done, and the White House's reluctance to work with other countries to pressure Beijing. "I am pleased that the president signed this legislation and look forward to its prompt enforcement".

Anti-government protests have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for six months, at times forcing businesses, government, schools and even the global airport to close.

"The U.S. side ignored facts, turned black to white, and blatantly gave encouragement to violent criminals who smashed and burned, harmed innocent city residents, trampled on the rule of law and endangered social order", the statement said.

We are determined to apply the principle of "one country, two systems" and in opposition to external interference in Hong Kong affairs.

While the House of Representatives passed it 417 to one.

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