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Trump signed the bipartisan congressional bill condemning Chinese interference in Hong Kong's affairs and supporting the rights of pro-democracy protesters as Washington and Beijing hold crucial trade talks. A Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said the country's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told Ambassador Terry Branstad the U.S. bill marked a "serious interference in China's internal affairs and a serious violation of international law", AP reports. "We are officially telling the U.S. and the handful of opposition politicians in Hong Kong who follow America's lead to not underestimate our determination to protect Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, don't underestimate our belief to protect the 'one country, two systems policy,'" the foreign ministry said in an earlier statement, translated by CNBC. "And don’t underestimate our capabilities and strategies in protecting our country’s sovereignty, safety, growth and rights". China summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday to "strongly protest" President Trump's signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in support of protesters, Chinese state media reported. Protests erupted in Hong Kong on 15 March 2019 and are still going on to date. The demonstrations were triggered by the introduction of the 'Fugitive Offenders' amendment bill by the Hong Kong government. The bill would have let local authorities detain and extradite criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China. This created concerns that the bill would subject Hong Kong residents and visitors to the mainland Chinese jurisdiction and legal system, undermining the region's autonomy and Hong Kong people's civil liberties. As the protests progressed, the protesters laid out five key demands, which include the withdrawal of the bill, investigation into alleged police brutality and misconduct, the release of arrested protesters, a complete retraction of the official characterisation of the protests as "riots", and Chief Executive Carrie Lam's resignation along with the introduction of universal suffrage for the election of the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive. Two people were killed, 9 committed suicide, more than 2600 were injured and 4,491 were arrested. Under the unwavering popular pressure, the bill was suspended on 15 June and officially withdrawn on 23 October.

Hong Kong protesters celebrate victory after Trump signs human rights and democracy act


Protesters in Hong Kong will hold a celebratory, pro-US rally Thursday after President Donald Trump gave them what one prominent activist termed a "timely Thanksgiving present."
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