Trump hedges Hong Kong bill with wording to save China trade deal

A Cathay Pacific plane lands at Hong Kong airport

Beijing-backed Air China has a 30pc stake in Cathay Pacific Credit THOMAS PETER REUTERS

"If the mainland China takes radical actions to clamp down on protests in Hong Kong, the (Japanese) government might be compelled to suspend President Xi's planned visit to Japan", the source said.

Some of the young protesters waved American flags, a sign of appreciation after US President Donald Trump this week signed into law bills that back the protesters and threaten China with possible sanctions. As we have seen over and over, those fighting for their own liberty around the world have no doubt about whom they want to emulate-us. Hong Kong has faced nearly six months of intense political unrest over the growing influence of Beijing in the former British colony, meant to enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" under the terms of its 1997 handover to China. The last few days in Hong Kong were spent in the midst of a tense calm after the incidents at the Polytechnic University, occupied on November 16 and turned into the scene of the worst events of the crisis that began in June in rejection of an officially eliminated extradition bill. "People are exhausted physically and mentally, so we are waiting for the right moment for a fightback".

On Thursday night, thousands joined a large rally to thank America, on its Thanksgiving Day holiday, and to call on other countries to join the supporting the protest movement, now in its sixth month.

Hong Kong erupted into further violence Friday - as protesters torched subway stations and vandalized Chinese banks in response to a ban on wearing masks.

"The U.K. should enforce similar laws and should have done even more" to support the protest movement, said a masked rally organizer who identified herself only as Dawn.

Victor Teo, an expert on East Asian affairs at the University of Hong Kong, said, "Having good and strong relations with China and the United States simultaneously is the best thing Japan can hope for".

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One legislation requires the State Department to certify annually that China is allowing Hong Kong enough autonomy to guarantee its favorable trading status, and would impose sanctions on Chinese officials who fail to abide by the rules, for example, violating human rights.

"We have to take action, to do something, both diplomatically, and add pressure, and I think eventually trade will have to follow", United Kingdom member of the European Parliament Sheila Ritchie said.

The occupation of several universities by protesters earlier this month after fiery clashes with police capped one of the most violent chapters in the turmoil, which has contributed to the city's first recession in a decade.

"My mum asked me to come and protect her".

People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, November 30, 2019.

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