US Congress passes bills linking Hong Kong trade status to political autonomy, human rights

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China…

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, sending two bills to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign them into law.

Mass protests for more democracy and autonomy have roiled Hong Kong for more than five months, with escalating violence and fears that China will ratchet up its response to stop the civil disobedience.

The “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday, would put the former British colony’s special treatment by the United States under tighter scrutiny linked to Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing.

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