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China Warns After Donald Trump Signs Hong Kong Bill

China warned that it was ready to take “firm countermeasures” against the United States after President Donald Trump signed a law supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

“The nature of this is extremely abominable, and harbours absolutely sinister intentions,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, without specifying what measures Beijing might take.

Trump signed the law on Wednesday, after it received almost unanimous US congressional support. But the move provoked fury from Beijing, which called it an “an act of undisguised hegemony”.

“It seriously violated international law and the basic norms of international relations,” the foreign ministry statement said, accusing the US of supporting the “endangerment of social order by violent criminals” and seeking to destroy the stability of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act requires the US president to annually review the city’s favourable trade status and threatens to revoke it if the semi-autonomous territory’s freedoms are quashed.

Congress also passed legislation banning sales of tear gas, rubber bullets and other equipment used by Hong Kong security forces in putting down the protests, which are now in their sixth month.

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