President Trump is expected to sign a bill aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a growing pro-democracy movement in the semiautonomous city after the legislation passed in both chambers of Congress this week, with much support on both sides of the aisle.
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Hong Kong's Human Rights and Democracy law was passed in the House Wednesday by a 417-1 vote. The proposed law was unanimously approved in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill gained support in recent days as police tightened their siege at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where hundreds of protesting children have remained wild trying to avoid arrest. The United States stands in solidarity with the people who love freedom in Hong Kong, and we fully support their fight for independence, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in considering the bill, according to Politico.  GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who first introduced the version of the Senate bill in June, asked President Trump on Wednesday to sign the bill after the House vote.
"The U.S. House of Representatives just passed our #HongKongHumanRightsandDemocracyAct. Now it's just leading a @Potus signature that isn't law. It was a powerful moment in which a unified, bipartisan coalition brought us together to be #StandWithHongKong, "Rubio said on Twitter.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require the secretary of state to approve at least one once a year Hong Kong retains sufficient autonomy to maintain special trade status under United States law, something that allows the city to flourish as a financial hub. President Trump is responsible for imposing sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials who have committed human rights violations against city protesters.
The White House did not comment on the bill. comes as Trump tries to negotiate a trade deal with China amid his bid for re-election in 2020. Trump told reps orter on Wednesday said he is content to continue receiving more than $ 350 in tariffs imposed on Chinese goods if a deal does not & # 39; reach, according to Politico.
"We keep talking to China. China wants to make a deal. The question is: Do I want to make a deal? Because I like what's happening right now. We're making billions and billions of dollars,"
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang kills the United States for challenging its sovereignty over Hong Kong after the bill cleared the Senate on Tuesday.
"China needs to take strong countermeasures to defend our national sovereignty, security and development interests if the US continues to make wrong moves, "he told a press conference.
The law was passed in the Chamber despite China's warning. China took control of the former British colony in 1997 but promised to keep Hong Kong maintaining a high degree of autonomy.
"Today, China cannot reliably destroy the pan that is great, "Pelosi said. "America has been watching for years as the people of Hong Kong increasingly reject their full autonomy and face a brutal crackdown on their freedoms and increased violence."
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He added that recent escalations in violence in Hong Kong – have seen protesters use fuel pumps and arrows and arrows to drive away police supported by armored cars and water cannons – "shocked the world as unmistakable and unacceptable."
The House and Senate this week unanimously passed a second bill aimed at banning American companies from exporting Hong Kong municipal controls to police, Politico reported.