House passes Hong Kong human rights bill and sends to Trump
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill previously approved in the Senate that aims to protect human rights in Hong Kong. Known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, the bill passed the House 417 to one. If signed by President Donald Trump it would require the secretary of state to certify that Hong Kong is sufficiently independent of Beijing to qualify for special U.S. trading status. The bill has angered the Chinese government and comes amid worries about U.S.-China trade talks. U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday on a report that a deal may not be done this year. Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, was the sole "no" vote.
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November 20, 2019 17:33 ET (22:33 GMT)
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