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China Urges Trump To Veto Hong Kong Legislation

The White House has not indicated if President Trump plans to sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law.
Posted at 12:33 PM, Nov 21, 2019

China wants President Donald Trump to veto a bill that supports anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong.

A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry told reporters, "We urge the US to grasp the situation, stop its wrongdoing before it's too late, and immediately take measures to prevent this act from becoming law."

He was referring to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It would require Washington to assess Hong Kong's status as an independent U.S. trading partner each year, as well as impose sanctions and other penalties against those who are undermining the city's autonomy.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure on Wednesday — just one day after lawmakers in the Senate unanimously approved it

Both chambers also passed a bill banning exports of certain items for the Hong Kong police, including rubber bullets, stun guns and pepper spray.

Those measures now head to President Trump's desk. The White House has not indicated if he plans to sign them into law.

If the president does sign, he runs the risk of alienating China at a time when the two countries are trying to negotiate a trade deal.

But if President Trump ends up vetoing the bill, U.S. lawmakers will likely have the two-thirds majority needed in each chamber of Congress to override his decision.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.