US President Trump Signs Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

Friday, 29 Nov, 2019

About 400 police officers, including crime investigators, a bomb squad and mediators, entered the locked-down campus along with firemen and psychiatrists in the early morning, but encountered no protesters.

If he does neither, they automatically become law after ten days.

"We have two objectives".

Hours before the police operation, a masked protester came out from his hiding and told reporters there are still less than 20 others holed up inside.

According to the rankings of Asia's 500 best universities released on Wednesday by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a London-based higher education analyst firm, Hong Kong's top three colleges, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Science and Technology, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong were ranked third, eighth and tenth respectively, each dropping one place from past year. The law has since been withdrawn, but the protests have continued over police violence and expanded demands. It also states that the human rights of the people of Hong Kong are of great importance to the United States and directly relevant to US interests in Hong Kong and for its continued economic prosperity.

Leung made the remarks while talking to CGTN, emphasizing that the motive behind the bill has nothing to do with Hong Kong, democracy, human rights and freedoms.

He said it is a pity that the police's hard-earned reputation was tarnished by the way they handled the monthslong demonstrations.

US President Donald Trump has signed two bills that supports human rights and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, drawing angry objections from Beijing's Foreign Ministry.

"It's hard to guess at which point changes will come".

The person familiar with the matter said by publicly expressing such reservations Trump could be trying to assure the Chinese that he will not act to implement the toughest measures unless they sharply intensify their crackdown in Hong Kong.

The legislation in support of the protesters requires annual reviews of Hong Kong's special trade status under American law - and sanctions against any officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses or undermining the city's autonomy.

Trump also signed legislation banning sales of tear gas, rubber bullets and other equipment used by Hong Kong security forces in putting down the protests.

Demonstrators took to the streets shortly after the president signed the legislation.

"Now it's time for them to reconsider their hardline policy, (to) deescalate the situation (and) investigate on police brutality", he said. It also claims the US has "sinister intentions" and its "plot" is "doomed to fail".

The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Beijing's top body in the city, called the US the "biggest black hand".

He said Beijing only promised "high degree of autonomy", not full autonomy, when the former British colony returned to its rule in 1997.

Trade between Hong Kong and the United States was estimated at $67.3 billion in 2018, with the United States running a $33.8-billion surplus, its biggest with any country or territory, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says.

An associate professor with Peking University's School of Governance who wished to remain anonymous told Asia Times that in a nutshell, the Hong Kong act would simply request the USA state secretary to produce an annual report on the state of the city to determine if any sanctions or scrapping of preferential treatment would be warranted.