Hongkongers hold up their hands to represent their five demands and a United States flag as they chant "Pass the bill, save Hong Kong" at the IFC mall in Hong Kong Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Pressure ratcheted up on Hong Kong as the U.S. Congress approved legislation late Wednesday to sanction officials who carry out human rights abuses and require an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong. Another bill bans export of tear gas and other non-lethal tools to Hong Kong, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong

November 21, 2019 - 3:35 am

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and has renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if they become law.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act undermined both China’s interests and those of the U.S. in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

The act mandates sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses and requires an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong.

Another bill prohibits export to Hong Kong police of certain nonlethal munitions, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannons, stun guns and tasers.

The White House has signaled that Trump will sign the human rights measure.

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