Trump Signs Hong Kong 'Democracy Act', Infuriating China
The bill also requires the state department to annually review whether Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to justify favourable US trading terms. He also signed another bill banning the sale of munitions like tear gas and rubber bullets to Hong Kong police. “I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. “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.”
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and PROTECT Hong Kong Act, legislation supporting the Hong Kong protestors, were both signed into law by President Trump today per the White House. pic.twitter.com/bBqLJ9Ii0j— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) November 27, 2019
China’s Foreign Ministry was swift and furious, saying the bill “seriously interfered with Hong Kong affairs, seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations.” The ministry threatened “countermeasures” if the US continued “going down the wrong path”. The ministry warned the United States against acting arbitrarily and said that any consequences would “be borne by the United States.” The Hong Kong government also expressed strong opposition and called the act "unnecessary and unwarranted”, saying these two bills are an obvious intervention of Hong Kong’s internal affairs. Trump's announcement comes at a delicate time for US-China relations. The protests in Hong Kong since the past five months against extradition bill has now transformed into a larger pro-democracy movement.
Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology (PROTECT) to Hong Kong Act banning the commercial export of certain crowd-control munitions like tear gas to Hong Kong Police Force unanimously passed Senate by voice vote and then House 417-0 both last week.— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) November 27, 2019