Hong Kong police to end siege, return campus to university

Andrew Cummings
November 29, 2019

China opposes the legislation and is considering barring its drafters from entering Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao, according to Hu Xijin, editor of China's Global Times tabloid.

The correct path for China "is socialism with Chinese characteristics", Xi said here November 22 at an event attended by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have been lauding President Donald Trump after he signed new legislation formalizing the strongest worldwide support of the ongoing anti-government protests to date.

But one of the leaders of the Hong Kong protest movement, Joshua Wong, said the U.S. law was a "remarkable achievement" for "all Hongkongers".

The act will allow the U.S.to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in the restive territory.

Hong Kong's special trade status with the USA has cemented the city's position as a global financial hub, allowing it unparalleled access to American and Chinese markets.

The stars and stripes banner has been fluttering in joy during a thanksgiving rally this Thursday after the US President inked two congressional bills in support of the pro-democracy movement there.

"I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China and the people of Hong Kong", the president said in a statement after signing the bills.

President Trump on Wednesday signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which will seek to ensure that Hong Kong has sufficient autonomy from China to maintain favorable trading terms with the United States. The government of Hong Kong also warned the bills would harm relations between Hong Kong and the United States, calling the bills "unnecessary and unwarranted".

Chinese leaders championed the very concept of elections they reject at home in hopes of showing the world that most in Hong Kong stand with Beijing. He continued, saying, "But I'm also standing with President Xi".

Later, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang dodged questions on when China would reply or whether it would impact trade talks, telling reporters to "stay tuned".

In Beijing, China called in US Ambassador Terry Branstad on Thursday and told him that the move constituted serious interference in China's internal affairs and a serious violation of worldwide law. "This Act will only further expose the malicious and hegemonic nature of United States intentions to the Chinese people".

Meanwhile, tensions between the USA and China grew after the two bills were signed.

Wang also agreed that the new act was mostly symbolic, which meant China was also unlikely to take real retaliatory action against the U.S. Millions took to the streets this summer in peaceful marches over a now-withdrawn extradition bill to send suspected criminals to mainland China for trial.

Protesters have since expanded their demands to include fully democratic elections and an investigation into police use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other force to suppress the demonstrations. Police said any protesters found would receive medical treatment and arrests were not a priority, though they were seen brushing Molotov cocktails for fingerprints.

A demonstrator holds a USA flag as they attend a rally in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2019.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio applauded the president's signing of the bill he sponsored.

"We support Hong Kong people's aspiration for freedom and democracy and urge Beijing and Hong Kong authorities to respond to the voice of its people", MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said in a press conference Thursday.

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