Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

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President Donald Trump signed a law on Wednesday supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, likely angering Beijing just as Washington was hoping to ease a US-China trade war.

Trump had seemed reluctant to sign the bill but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he had little political room to maneuver.

In a statement, Trump spoke of “respect” for Chinese President Xi Jinping and said he hoped the “leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences.”

The Hong Kong government on Thursday expressed strong opposition to US legislation backing protesters in the Chinese-ruled city, saying the bill will send the wrong signal to demonstrators.

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