US Senate Approves Another Hong Kong Related Bill, Sparking Concerns About US-China Relations

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The US Senate unanimously approved a bill on Thursday on sanctions against banks doing business with Chinese officials who are introducing Beijing’s new tough national security law in Hong Kong. Now the document will be sent to the White House for signature by President Donald Trump.

The bill also met no resistance in the House of Representatives, which approved it the day before. This is a rare case of support from the vast majority of representatives of both parties, reflecting concerns about the undermining of Hong Kong’s autonomy, which allowed the former British colony to flourish as China’s freest city and international financial center.

“With this bill, the US Senate makes clear which side we are on,” said Republican Senator Pat Tumi, co-author of the bill.

The bill provides for the imposition of sanctions against Chinese officials and others who help violate Hong Kong’s autonomy, as well as financial institutions that do business with those involved in any tough measures against the city.

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