China Is Angry as White House Won’t Say If Trump Will Sign Hong Kong Bill
President Trump has spent months sidestepping Hong Kong’s escalating battle between pro-democracy demonstrators and security companies implementing China’s authoritarian government line.
However, on Wednesday, Congress put Mr. Trump on the spot, sending him tough legislation that will impose sanctions on Chinese officers for cracking down on the protesters and will finish Hong Kong’s favored economic relationship with the USA.
The measure lands on the president’s desk at a delicate second. His trade talks with Beijing are becalmed, and a Dec. 15 deadline for Mr. Trump to determine whether or not to resume main tariffs on Chinese items is approaching. China’s government has responded with fury to the measure and demanded that it not turn into law.
The invoice, titled the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, is a take look at Mr. Trump’s dedication to the US’ historic mission of promoting human rights and democracy overseas. Members of each event have urged the president to talk out extra forcefully on behalf of demonstrators resisting what they name Beijing’s tightening grip over the semiautonomous island territory, too little avail. The White House declined to touch upon whether or not Mr. Trump would signal the measure, which handed the Senate unanimously and the House with only one lawmaker opposed, making a solidly veto-proof majority. Presidents have ten days to signal authorized laws; however, that clock is suspended when Congress is adjourned, as will probably be next week for the Thanksgiving vacation.
Chinese officers have asked their American counterparts to travel to China for an additional spherical of negotiations. However, Mr. Trump’s advisers have been reluctant to do so, insisting that China is offering too little within the type of concessions to warrant the level of tariff relief it’s requesting, one person briefed on their plans said.