Anti-extradition bill protesters shout slogans as they march to West Kowloon Express Rail Link Station in Hong Kong, China July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The US Congress voted a text promoting “human rights and democracy” in Hong Kong, and threatening to suspend the special economic status granted by Washington to the territory. This vote comes in full negotiations between the United States and China to get out of their trade war.

“America is with you and America will always support you,” Hong Kong-based Republican minority MP Michael McCaul told the House of Representatives in Washington, denouncing China’s “brutality” . International pressure has intensified on Beijing, with the adoption, on Wednesday, 20 November, by the US Congress, of a text supporting the demands of protesters still entrenched on a besieged campus in Hong Kong. This American initiative has been strongly condemned by China, which is ready to “fight back with determination”.

The US Congress passed a resolution supporting “human rights and democracy” in Hong Kong against Beijing and threatening to suspend the special economic status granted by Washington to the former British colony. The text, passed by an overwhelming majority (by 417 votes to one) by the House of Representatives, after its unanimous adoption in the Senate on Tuesday, has yet to be signed by Donald Trump for promulgation. The White House has not formulated a veto threat and the president should approve it, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Dozens of pro-democracy protesters are still entrenched on a besieged campus in Hong Kong, where a huge “SOS” has been traced, while 700 people have been arrested since the occupation began, which has become a stronghold. some movement. The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (PolyU), on the Kowloon Peninsula, is the scene of the longest and fiercest confrontation between protesters and law enforcement since the start of the protest in June. The police presence has, however, been significantly reduced.

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