Written by: Kaiyi Liang
2019-11-28 07:11Last updated: 2019-11-28 07:23
The White House announced on November 27 that President Donald Trump officially signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Trump has not previously stated clearly whether he will sign the bill.
Under the Senate version of the bill, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo needs to confirm at least once a year that Hong Kong has sufficient autonomy to qualify for special status in trade. The bill also allows the United States to sanction officials who violate human rights in Hong Kong. The "Protection of Hong Kong Act" also passed by Congress specifies the prohibition of the export of specific crowd control tools to Hong Kong police, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and electric guns.
Trump was asked on the 26th if he had anything to say to Hong Kong people after the Hong Kong District Council election. He responded that the United States and Hong Kong people traveled together. He mentioned that he has a good relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the trade agreement is making good progress, but at the same time he hopes that everything will go well in Hong Kong. He believes that the situation in Hong Kong will be smooth and that Xi Jinping can achieve this goal.
Trump also mentioned issues related to Hong Kong during his interview on the 22nd. He did not state that he would sign or veto the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy. Instead, he expressed ambiguity that he was traveling with both Hong Kong and Chinese President Xi Jinping . He also said that he had asked Xi Jinping not to send troops to Hong Kong, saying that "if it were not for me, Hong Kong would be destroyed in 14 minutes."
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signed the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy and sent the bill to the White House (Getty Images)
🔻Hong Kong demonstrators have rallied and called on the US Congress to pass the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy as soon as possible:
The Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy was passed by the House of Representatives before the Senate considers the Senate version. After the Senate passed the bill, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the bill by a large percentage due to the different versions of the two chambers. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed it, it was formally sent to Trump for signature.
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