Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Trump Signs Hong Kong Bill Backing Protesters, Angering China

  • China summons U.S. ambassador, threatens retaliation
  • New laws express U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters
Video player cover image
Trump Signs Hong Kong Bill Backing Protesters, Defying China
Updated on

Donald Trump signed legislation expressing U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters, prompting China to threaten retaliation just as the two nations get close to signing a phase one trade deal.

China summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad, with Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng telling him to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs. He warned that such actions would strain ties and risk affecting “cooperation in important areas,” according to a foreign ministry statement, which didn’t give more details. Earlier, the foreign ministry reiterated threats of retaliation with no specifics.