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China, Hong Kong Push Back Against Trump’s Trade Threats

  • City says China has ‘legitimate rights’ to impose security law
  • U.S. has proposed sanctions, trade restrictions on Hong Kong
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Watch: The Chinese and Hong Kong governments are pushing back are pushing back against the United States after President Donald Trump said he would remove special trading privileges that the U.S. gives to Hong Kong. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Hong Kong’s government said actions threatened by President Donald Trump are “unjustified” and that China is within its “legitimate rights” to pursue new national security laws that Beijing says will help quell months of unrest.

Separately, the People’s Daily, mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party, wrote that the plans outlined by Trump at the White House on Friday were “gross interference” in Beijing’s affairs and were “doomed to fail.” In a second commentary published Sunday on its front page, the newspaper accused the U.S. and Western politicians of “double standards” and “shameless hegemony” for their criticism of the legislation.