The United States Congress passed this Thursday a law that establishes sanctions for Chinese officials who apply the new security rules against Hong Kong, as well as banks that cooperate to violate the autonomy of the former British colony
American President Donald Trump must enact the rule for it to take effect. The White House has not said whether it intends to do so. China has threatened “strong reprisal measures” if the initiative becomes law.
With a Republican majority, the Senate unanimously approved the text, as the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had already done. Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, who drives the bill, highlighted “the urgency of the situation” in Hong Kong, calling on Trump to enact it immediately.
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