China lashes out at US Hong Kong leg­is­la­tion

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China said on Thurs­day that it was ready to take mea­sures to “res­o­lutely fight back” after the US Congress ap­proved leg­is­la­tion sup­port­ing prodemoc­racy pro­test­ers in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Hu­man Rights and Democ­racy Act re­quires the US pres­i­dent to an­nu­ally re­view the favourable trade sta­tus that Wash­ing­ton grants to Hong Kong, and threat­ens to re­voke it if the semi-au­ton­o­mous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory’s free­doms are re­duced. The White House has not threat­ened to veto the mea­sure and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ex­pected to sign it. Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang warned the US against in­ter­fer­ing in China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs.

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