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Activist: US bills send clear message to Beijing

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(28 Nov 2019) Activist Joshua Wong hailed U.S. President Donald Trump’s signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights.
Congress approved the bills last week following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses and requires an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong.
Another bill prohibits export to Hong Kong police of certain non-lethal munitions, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannons, stun guns and tasers.
Wong became known as the young face of Hong Kong’s 2014 “Umbrella Movement” protest movement.
He has played a smaller role in the current protests, whose leadership is more diffused, but China’s communist leaders have targeted him in accusing foreign powers of colluding with anti-China separatists to stir up unrest.

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