Hong Kong police end siege

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Furious China threatens retaliation over US law on Hong Kong

As the USA celebrated Thanksgiving, Hong Kong honored the holiday in its own way.

During an official visit to Thailand, Carrie Lam said Hong Kong's fundamentals, including its "one country, two systems" framework, remain strong despite the unrest.

The United States has officially signed the Human Rights and Democracy Act. "Wednesday, President Trump did what his predecessors would not do-defend America from a China that is going after us".

Mr Trump is now seeking a deal with China, in order to end a trade war between the two countries.

Her predecessor CY Leung doubted whether those proposing the Bill "ever had the interest of Hong Kong in mind", with the city being used as "a proxy for China" and leverage in an ongoing trade war. The president is authorized under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to block and prohibit all transactions of these individuals related to property and interests in property present in the United States. "My administration will treat each of the provisions of the act consistently with the president's constitutional authorities with respect to foreign relations".

China has warned of strong countermeasures and Hong Kong's government has slammed the USA move as unwarranted meddling in its affairs.

HONG KONG (AP) - Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists rallied Friday outside the British Consulate, urging the city's former colonial ruler to emulate the US and take concrete actions to support their cause, as police ended a blockade of a university campus after 12 days.

Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement said: "This is a severe interference in Hong Kong's affairs, which are China's internal affairs". It amends a law passed in 1992 (also by the same Congress) to buttress the former British colony's status as a semi-autonomous region after China took control in 1997.

The crisis in Hong Kong worsened with a more violent turn that forced schools and commercial establishments to close for several days, paralyzed transport and left one person dead.

The news casted doubts about whether the US and China will reach a trade deal that was reportedly closed to being signed. China is considering barring the drafters of the legislation, whose US Senate sponsor is Florida Republican Marco Rubio, from entering mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau, Hu Xijin, the editor of China's Global Times tabloid, said on Twitter. Beijing has reacted harshly against his move.

"The legislation's passage carries unfortunate timing for the USA auto brands, which are also coping with 16 straight months of declining China auto sales", notes Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Steve Mann. "The Chinese are likely to wait and see how the law is implemented before taking any concrete actions".

Beijing's response to the enactment of the Hong Kong bill is "so far is rhetorical", Glaser said. "It appears that the trade deal is still moving forward".

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