President Trump Signs “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”…

The act that President Trump signed today is a law that requires the U.S. to review all of the democracy issues within Hong Kong to assess whether any Chinese violations to Hong Kong autonomy are happening.  If so, the U.S. can take remedial steps to punish China.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require the State Department annually re-certify Hong Kong’s autonomous nature, in order for the so-called “special treatment” the U.S. affords Hong Kong to continue. (more)

Keep in mind a dual purpose to this latest move:  Hong Kong holds a special trade status with the U.S. and is exempt from tariffs placed on China.  Part of the punitive action President Trump could take against China involves tariffs against Hong Kong.

Today, I have signed into law S. 1838, the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019” (the “Act”). The Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong, and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong.

Certain provisions of the Act would interfere with the exercise of the President’s constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of 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.

President Donald J Trump

Again, back to the big picture, is this an action that would indicate President Trump is actually looking for a U.S-China trade agreement?   Of course not.  So why now, what changed?…  The USMCA!   It’s all connected folks.

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114 Responses to President Trump Signs “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”…

  1. TreeClimber says:

    I read a fanfiction author who recently posted a short story. She said in her author’s note that the situation in HK is even worse than known/shown and the people of Hong Kong are anxiously waiting on the US to speak out on their behalf. She’ll be glad to hear of this, I reckon. As a med student, she’s really seeing the worst of what’s going on; she’s treating the fallout.

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    • IMO, the people of Hong Kong were totally screwed once the UK (inevitably) stepped aside. Now we’re just watching the nasty process of the “Sausage” being slow-cooked. In the end, Hong Kong will become whatever the ChiComs WANT it to be.

      Liked by 3 people

      • A2 says:

        What you seemed to have missed is there is a much bigger frying pan and a fatter sausage slowly frying.

        Since day one of his administration, patiently, step by step, the President has turned up the gas on the PRC.

        I say Well Done and stick a fork in Chairman Xi.

        Liked by 12 people

        • James Carpenter says:

          For Xi, it’s going to be a very expensive coitus interruptus.
          His “President for Life” fortunes will undoubtedly suffer for our “decoupling”.

          Liked by 7 people

        • I’ll second that and am ROTFLMAO 😂 Xi got outplayed big time!, shoulda made a deal. Too bad sooo sad.

          Liked by 3 people

          • Nordic Breed says:

            And he should have kept the deal he made with the British when they turned Hong Kong over to China. Thank God we have a president who stands up to the Chicoms. Pray for the end of communism everywhere.

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        • The President can apply economic sanctions and restructure the trade agreements between China and the US, but that won’t stop them from swallowing Hong Kong. Heck, before it’s over, the Chinese will have it look like they’re ASKING to be Commies. Notice how news reports ALREADY call the resistance “Anti-Government Protesters?”

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        • Dutchman says:

          A2,
          Agree, the previous poster assumes the “Chicoms” will remain in power long enough to subsume HK into “One China”.
          In this match between Xi and PDJT, Trumb just stuck a thumb in Xi’s eye, and there isn’t a Damn thing Xi can do about it.

          Aside from everything else, for China to bluster and threaten “If PDJT (and U.S.) sign the bill, there will be grave consequences!”, he signs, NO consequences, is a REALLY bad look for a dictatorship.

          Its in the dictators manual, page ONE. NEVER, EVER show weakness. Brutally suppress ANY ‘dissent’, no matter how trivial.

          CCP is dead walking, at this point. They can’t win, they can only lose, no matter WHAT they do.

          Much like U.S. version of CCP, Trump has them on the ropes, and the outcome is inevitable.

          “Heads I win, tails you LOSE” comes to mind. Sucks to go up against DJT.

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      • mike says:

        ChiComs reneged on a contract one time too many. It is not all “internal”.
        It is a broken international agreement with the UK. Suck it up Xi + CCP.
        Sure you can run the organ farms higher, but you’ll pay in lost reputation, like Iran.

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    • Sugarhillhardrock says:

      Tree,
      Many here pray for the Hong Kong people every day. Their bravery is a fountain.

      China has painted its self into a corner. PDJT will get USMCA through Congress and put China further into that corner. Their Mercantilist/totalitarian method is exposed for the world to see.

      We are blessed to have PDJT as our President.

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    • old white guy says:

      Hong Kong is part of and owned by communist China. Their fate was sealed decades ago.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jedi9 says:

      Actually Democracy has spoken in the recent elections in HK. Democratic candidates won 388 out of 452 seats with over 260 swinging to the pro democracy camp! This is really encouraging to see such a turn out in the voting process here in HK.

      I live here and been through the worst of it so far living right in the dead center where the majority of the riots took place. This past Monday was like a dark cloud lifted over the city, when the week prior was like walking through a war zone with the burnt out cars, and bricks lodged free from sidewalks that were used to throw at police the night prior had caused major damage in Tsim Sha Tsui that disrupted traffic, businesses etc. These were observations I took with pictures as I was walking to work one brisk morning. Over all though these past 6 months in HK were pretty intense and often disrupted my daily routines and business t the point I was seriously stressing.

      This Monday, the streets were open again, the buses were running and all the subway stations were reopened as well.

      The last part of business to be taken care of is removing Carrie Lam from office and she is up for re-election in the spring, and most despise her, so her chances of winning re-election are pretty slim.

      BTW, a big thanks for many Treepers here who prayed for my family and my safety. Really appreciate the overwhelming responses here to my previous posts. God Bless you all!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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      • Nordic Breed says:

        Jedi 9, God bless you. I’ve been worried about you and hoping you’d be able to move your business to Singapore. I’m afraid more bad things on on the way until the PRC government is defeated by the hand of God with His earthly agents who do the noble and right thing.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          Thank you Nordic Breed! I feel Gods hands in my life and the power of prayers can not be underestimated. In God’s time I live so things always happen when they happen, at the right time! I am blessed. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

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  2. jeans2nd says:

    Pres Trump could have vetoed this bill – the House and Senate had the votes to override the veto anyway – and caved to Xi’s demands to veto.
    But Pres Trump did not veto, and signed the bill.
    That says it all.

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  3. A2 says:

    Best thanksgiving ever.
    Thank you President Trump!

    Liked by 17 people

    • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

      I was hoping you would see this article. 🙂

      Liked by 7 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      Would you let us know how the Hong Kong Patriots react to this A2? Would love to hear their reaction. Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

      Liked by 10 people

      • A2 says:

        Joyful and thanking the USA for standing with Hong Kong and their fight to retain their freedoms that the PRC has promised and broken. Lots of people praying and thanking the USA that they have looked to for help as the leading democracy and champion of freedom in the world.

        The young people will never forget what the CCP has done, like their grandparents and parents many of whom fled the communists in 1949, and worked hard to build this wonderful city.

        Puppet Lam issued a statement against the passing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act that has CCP written all over it. The gov (CCP) is afraid of the provisions on export control and Hong Kong’s execution of UN sanctions:

        https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201911/28/P2019112800184.htm

        Glorious Thanksgiving and all the best to you and your family jeans2nd!

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      • G. Willikers says:

        A well attended Thanksgiving rally was held in Central district today. Lots of American flags waving.

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  4. Yy4u says:

    Does this mean Chairman Xi is going to sign the “DC Political Rights and Democracy Act” so China can investigate the 2020 elections to be sure the FBI and CIA don’t spy on Donald Trump’s campaign again this year?

    Sorry, but the USA is not the world’s police force

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      Where is it mentioned that there would be military intervention? Trump’s favorite foreign policy club is trade and tariffs. He’s not acting as a policeman. He’s putting Xi on notice that Hong Kong will be treated just like the rest of the Empire trade-wise if the movement is brutally suppressed.

      Liked by 11 people

      • Sugarhillhardrock says:

        Tars,
        Thank you. You saved me the time and expressed the exact truth regarding the enormous power of tarrifs.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Dutchman says:

        Economic Security is National Security, and America First means no military intervention is needed or desired.

        Its a beautifully simple, elegant concept, for reshaping the World, WITHOUT foreign interventions.

        And I am LOVING it! In the future, the people of HK, will be like the people of Poland. The people of Poland LOVE the U.S., they LOVE Reagan, have streets named after him.

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    • Looks like this Act simply CODIFIED the obvious:

      China must PAY a PRICE for violations of their international agreements.

      This gives POTUS a mandate and a mechanism to exact penalties on “good friend” Xi without making it “personal”. 😉

      Liked by 10 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      If China is going to destroy HK and its people no reason to let the ChiComs benefit from its special status.

      Liked by 4 people

      • dallasdan says:

        Thank you for your comment. It provides the perspective I needed to eliminate my initial concern that imposing punitive tariffs on HK would be punishing the child for the bad acts of a parent.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Considering the President’s observation that “…Certain provisions of the Act would interfere with the exercise of the President’s constitutional authority… ” I’m surprised he signed it at all

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  6. JackB says:

    President Trump should make it US policy to use all measures except use of military force to destroy the authoritarian and totalitarian Chinese Communist Party. The CCP is the enemy of all free people. The US should embark on building a coalition of nations that care about liberty more than short term financial benefits to put a noose around the CCP.

    Liked by 2 people

    • JohnCasper says:

      There are plenty of dragons at home that need slaying a lot more.

      Liked by 6 people

      • JackB says:

        Destroying the CCP and their corrupt financing will also put a stake in our own corrupt fifth column. There are billions that the Chinese Communists funnel all across our corrupt political, media, think tank, universities and even the military industrial complex.

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        • Kim says:

          The country has been white-anted with Commies for at least 80 years. And when threatened the reactions of their agents in the DOJ, State, media, politics and in the White House have been remarkably consistent, as anyone who reads the following remarkable and fascinating book cannot but help remark.

          Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies by M. Stanton Evans

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      • GB Bari says:

        What you seem to miss is that the dragons at home get much of their funding via China. Curtailing China’s profits will greatly curtail much of the funding that enables these domestic clowns to carry out their mischief.

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    • > “… should embark on building a coalition of nations that care about liberty…”

      There *are* no nations that “care about liberty” (including the US). Only *people* care about liberty, and it is up to us to ensure that it is preserved.

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    • Dutchman says:

      JackB.
      Forgive me, but based on your post, I can only conclude that you haven’t been paying attention.
      PDJT has had a ‘policy’, a PLAN, from day one, to do exactly that; Destroy the CCP regime, without firing a shot.

      And yes, he IS engaging willing allies in this plan; ALL of Chinas immediate neighbors, that have been bullied by China for years, are now jumping on board PDJT’s plan, to STRIP China of their supply chains and manufacturing base, and claw back some of the Trillions of $ China stole from the U.S., (through tariffs) with the complicity of our willing political elites.

      CCP isn’t,…’popular’ except for having ushered in an unprecedented period of prosperity, THROUGH this wealth transfer.

      As those jobs go away, NEVER to return, CCP will experience the wrath of how many billion people?

      Again, WHERE have you been, and WHAT have you been reading? Suggest you search the archives of this site, type “exfiltration of wealth” and “Maganomics”, and READ Sundances excellant articles, and LISTEN to the fascinating interview of the Presidential historian, on todays homepage.

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  7. Johnny Boost says:

    Let the British worry about Hong Kong. It’s not our responsibility.

    Liked by 3 people

    • JohnCasper says:

      Yes. We have got the FBI, CIA, MSM, DNC, State Dept and DOD to worry about right here at home. Foreign enemies are just a diversion from that.

      Liked by 3 people

      • zorrorides says:

        Whenever the US weakens the CCP and other corrupt tyrants, then America’s domestic enemies are likewise weakened also.

        Liked by 7 people

        • noswamp says:

          I see alot of China bots answering some posts. Ignore them.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Dutchman says:

          OMG!
          SEE the whole board! In chess, you MUST see the whole board.
          PDJT would have been villified in the MSM, the way previous Republicon Presidents have, but only to that level, if he had left China alone, and not atrempted this Trade reset he is doing.
          Put another way, its WHY they are attempting, repeatedly, to lynch him.

          Its ALL connected. Can you isolationist naysayers not GET that? The DC swamp, the ‘deep state’, the massive corruption, China, the EU, its ALL connected, Jeez, gotta log of and step away for awhile, as the negative nabobs of negativity have got me totally flumoxed.
          Unbelievable ignorance or willful blindness coming to the fore, and I feel like Sundances articles are pearls before swine.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      The British aren’t worried about HK.

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  8. Grandma Covfefe says:

    When I saw this announcement earlier today, the first thought that came to my mind was, Is China not following thru with buying Ag produces from our farmers as agreed?

    Personally, I’m not expecting a phase two, or even phase one trade deal from China. In fact, I don’t even care if we have any trade deals with CCP.

    Isn’t Dec 15 the day we’ll hike more tariffs if China doesn’t sign Phase One?

    According to Stillwater postings of Brian Kolfage, they found out a lot more Chinese are also attempting to cross our border illegally —something is up, but that’s just me thinking and I hope I’m wrong.

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  9. Shyster says:

    What a message by POTUS to China. He is basically taunting them. It’s real time poetry in motion and tells them he owns their asses!

    Liked by 6 people

  10. emet says:

    Might as well go all in. Move the US Embassy to Urumqi.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lumoc1 says:

      Although your comment is disparaging to President Trump and irrelevant, you deserve an irrelevant recognition for finding out that Ürümqi, formerly known as Tihwa, is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Liked by 3 people

    • oahudawg says:

      That’s funny!
      Urumqi can’t be that bad; there’s a Hilton there.
      throw in a couple of ski lifts and we won’t be able to tell Urumqi from Denver

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  11. A2 says:

    You must read the 1992 Act and this Act that amends it. The US has various treaties signed therefore it is right that the US can review them in light of what has happened that has eroded the treaties that were signed in good faith.

    There are Many US interests businesses etc in Hong Kong as well as 85k US citizens working in Hong Kong.

    A summary:

    Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

    This bill addresses Hong Kong’s status under U.S. law and imposes sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong. (Hong Kong is part of China but has a largely separate legal and economic system.)

    The Department of State shall certify annually to Congress as to whether Hong Kong warrants its unique treatment under various treaties, agreements, and U.S. law. The analysis shall evaluate whether Hong Kong is upholding the rule of law and protecting rights enumerated in various documents, including (1) the agreement between the United Kingdom and China regarding Hong Kong’s return to China, and (2) the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    The bill extends existing annual reporting requirements on matters of U.S. interest in Hong Kong through 2027 and expands such reports to include assessments of (1) limits to Hong Kong’s autonomy, either self-imposed or due to China’s actions; and (2) whether rescission of Hong Kong’s special treatment would further erode Hong Kong’s autonomy.

    The President shall annually report to Congress on Hong Kong’s enforcement of U.S. export controls, including whether items of U.S. origin have been used for mass surveillance in China and whether Hong Kong has been used to evade sanctions on North Korea or Iran.

    The State Department shall notify Congress if any proposed or enacted law in Hong Kong negatively impacts U.S. interests, including by putting U.S. citizens at risk of rendition to China.

    The President shall impose property and visa-blocking sanctions on foreign persons responsible for gross human rights violations in Hong Kong.

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    • Jan says:

      Thank you for you analysis. I’m bogged down on Ukraine & the Bidens. I rely on all you Treepers & Sundance for the stuff I don’t get to or understand!! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and yours. Say a prayer for our troops & our great President.

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      • A2 says:

        Will do! And best wishes to you and your family for a very happy Thanksgiving!

        Liked by 2 people

      • Dutchman says:

        Jan,
        Bidens and Ukraine is a sideshow, PDJT and China, the main event.
        If you haven’t yet, I HIGHLY reccomend the Epoch times interview of the Presidential historian, the story is currently on the home page.
        Best hour you’ll ever spend, other than reading,Sundances articles.

        One interesting thing, the historian posits that if the press hadn’t been so distracted by russiagate and mueller, they would have fought tooth and nail, PDJT’s deregulation.
        They were so distracted, they didn’t notice, and deregulation was KEY to getting the Economy moving.

        Perhaps Ukrainegate, Impeachment and the election will similarly, distract his enemies, from what he is REALLY doing?

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    • Will this bill ALSO have the President report to Congress on whether items of Chinese/Hong Kong origin have been or could be used for mass surveillance in the USA or Allied countries?

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    • Dutchman says:

      Seems to me in addition to the P.R. value of a public smackdown, it lays the clear groundwork for PDJT to rescind the ‘special arrangement’ with Hong Kong.

      So, he doesn’t have to actually DO it, but now Xi, and everyone else knows he has that arrow in his quiver.

      He could crush them tomorrow, by simply cutting off access to banking, prohibiting financial institutions from doing business with China.

      But, he is gradually bleeding them, through death of a thousand cuts, while making them look foolish and weak, making empty threats.

      Its all of a piece, elegant to witness, and boy am I glad I am not PDJT’s,…opponent. Sucks to be them!

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  12. The Devilbat says:

    On June 9, 1898, the British under Queen Victoria brokered a 99-year lease agreement for the use of Hong Kong after China lost a series of wars fought over the British trade in tea and opium. In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang negotiated the underlying plan for the lease to end, such that Hong Kong would remain a semi-autonomous region for a 50-year period after the lease ended when the British turned Hong Kong back to China. With the agreement signed, the British returned Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997. This agreement the same as all other agreements with China has been broken.

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  13. ristvan says:

    This makes sense, because there is no PDJT downside outcome, but definitely is if he vetoed.

    IF he vetoed, it would be overridden. Triple bad: Trump kowtoes to Xi to get bad trade deal; Trump doesn’t care about democracy; Trump out of sync with Congress.

    This way, PDJT stands up to Xi. IF deal, good. IF NOT, trade less important than treaties and democracy.

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  14. William Schneider says:

    Sundance yoiu do give us some unique vision of what is happening in economic sphere and political world also. Bless you for your hard work and real brilliance in monitoring this complex world of modern day Washington. May God bless you this thanksgiving-and bless you entire TH team.

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  15. suejeanne1 says:

    “South China Morning Post” (scmp.com)

    Trump signs Hong Kong human rights bill, ignoring China’s warnings
    Trump signs legislation that could sanction the Hong Kong government for not upholding autonomy from mainland China
    Beijing has blasted the act as ‘meddling’ and vowed ‘consequences’ if the US leader signed it
    2 minutes ago

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  16. Les Standard says:

    China, you lose

    Liked by 2 people

  17. TheWanderingStar says:

    You hear that Neo? That’s the sound of inevitability, the sound of decoupling!

    Liked by 5 people

  18. A2 says:

    This is the PRC

    Hong Kong crisis: Beat Edinburgh University student to death, Chinese citizens told

    “Chinese citizens were urged to beat an Edinburgh University student to death for demonstrating in support of Hong Kong democracy.

    The 20-year-old protester, from Chengdu in central China, was photographed in Princes Street wearing a sign saying that he supported Hong Kong citizens’ demands for free elections and an end to police brutality.

    The following day he was secretly photographed at Edinburgh airport while escorting his mother to her flight.

    Both pictures were circulated on Weibo, the Chinese social media site, by someone who believed he was returning to Chengdu. The post contained the flight number and a call for him to be arrested by police or assaulted by citizens. The post was titled: “Brothers from Chengdu, beat him to death.”

    sick.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/students-receive-death-threats-over-hong-kong-protest-d8qjjcsdv?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1574753403

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    • GB Bari says:

      Ugly. But, unfortunately it’s S.O.P. for ChiComms.
      President Trump had their number for a long time.

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      • A2 says:

        Yes indeed. I posted this story as an illustration of how deep the CCP surveillance has gone operating in foreign countries. It would shock people if they knew how much data the CCP has on Americans and others, let alone their own citizens. It is staggering. And it must be stopped.

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    • Nordic Breed says:

      Not surprising. The Asians are really big into beating people to death. It has shown up in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean films since the beginning of the film industry, as well as novels and even news reporting for decades. It’s part of their culture and I hope one day will be obliterated.

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  19. The Demon Slick says:

    DISENGAGE! DISENGAGE! DISENGAGE!

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  20. A2 says:

    Took a quick looksee at the PRC press. They must be reeling. Just a general”strongly condemns” statements, except for Hu Xijin Enemy of the People editor of the Global Times. His days are numbered as he got the HK elections all wrong. Just spew from him hoping to save his neck.

    Even the FM spox, Geng Shuang hasn’t had a presser yet.

    This is a very big deal as most USD and fx is handled through Hong Kong. All the red princelings, including Xi &Co. may have their fat pockets picked. Never knowing when the sanctions will hit them personally.

    (Insert evil laugh).

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  21. A2 says:

    Not to mention how that reassures other nations in the region that the USA stands behind their values, treaties and agreements.

    Taiwan is facing an election and there was some worried that they would be left twisting in the wind if the PRC moved on them.

    A Great Day!

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  22. omyword says:

    Poor Xi pingpong. So….scratch your watch or wind your be-hind Mr. Chairman?🤔

    Choose wisely 😉

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  23. Mike in a Truck says:

    I find it amazing. College students in Hong Kong carrying the Stars and Stripes and placards quoting the 2nd Amendment. While here in the U.S. college students carry the hammer and sickle and worship a 16 year old Swedish retard. What’s happened to my country.

    Liked by 4 people

    • TigerBear says:

      We need an exchange……we’ll give HK/Xi our stupid students who want his rule and we’ll take his genius students who understand and truly desire liberty!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nordic Breed says:

        The snowflakes here wouldn’t last one week under Chinese rule in China. If they had to live in the tiny apartments and get a job, horror of horrors, at Chinese wages, they’d be screaming to go back home. I’d be tempted to lock them out.

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    • scrap1ron says:

      No one loves communism quite like the moron who has never actually lived it up close and personal.

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  24. 13wasylyna says:

    Hong Kong Protest, US China Trade War & China’s Inevitable “Disintegration”—Dr. Arthur Waldron.

    Must watch… https://youtu.be/w-2cArChw5M

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  25. Conservative_302 says:

    Trump rocks! America is about freedom and we bow to no one. God bless president trump!

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  26. A2 says:

    Wel, now we know the serious consequences. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Hu Xijin 胡锡进

    Verified account

    @HuXijin_GT
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    Based what I know, out of respect for President Trump, the US and its people, China is considering to put the drafters of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on the no-entry list, barring them from entering Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao.
    2:43 AM – 28 Nov 2019

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  27. noswamp says:

    China will never play ball. Now at least they see the writing on the wall for their petulance, overplaying their hand with Hong Kong (breaking their agreement with them), and oppression of their people. And you know what, they listen to the Dems, and just continue to buy our politicians and large corporations expecting a different outcome with this President.

    Nah. Won’t happen.Even more, what they do not understand is that the American people will NEVER go back to having China treat us the way it used to without serious consequences. Never.

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  28. James W Crawford says:

    China’s abuse of Hong Kong has only enhanced President Trump’s political support for confronting China on trade. Passage of this bill gives Trump more ammo for the fight.

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  29. dufrst says:

    Congress just endorsed Trump’s trade war with China. That’s how I see it. Now Trump is free to land blow after blow on China with full Congressional support, if China retaliates over this new measure. I think Trump happily signed this and it potentially shuts down a massive loophole that China could use in Hong Kong to shield their trade from tariffs.

    It sad to see what has happened to Hong Kong. It was the jewel of Asia and was once the model of unfettered capitalism in the world with its low tax rates and duty free status. Now it is under constant strife due to the ChiComs. Hong Kong is but one example of what the ChiComs have in store for the world. It’s very important that we wage this trade war and prevail!

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  30. dufrst says:

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  31. Zippy says:

    China Folds: For All Its Bluster, Beijing Does Nothing After Trump Signs HK Bill
    28 Nov 2019

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-folds-all-its-bluster-beijing-does-nothing-after-trump-signs-hk-bill

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  32. sundance says:

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  33. Sharon says:

    Some weeks ago when the Hong Kong protesters were under significant threat, I made more than one comment along the lines of “What, exactly, did they expect from the Chinese Communist Party – that they would keep their commitment to a ‘free Hong Kong’?”

    In retrospect, and with my own significant emotion as I see them standing and rejoicing over the efforts of POTUS to support them in a visible way, I know that my irritation was driven in part by the seeming unspoken imperative that “the United States has to DO something”.

    My father, my uncles, my brothers, my sons, and now my grandsons have served around the globe for the last one hundred years (my father served in WW I). The demands, the everlasting failure of other nations to bear thir own burdens, and the money-making sub-cultures that drive this static expectation are crazy-making.

    I am so grateful that these young people are STANDING. I am grateful that they are waving the American Flag – without American soldiers preparing to land.

    I notice that many in the crowd are wearing face masks as protection against the facial recognition software being employed by the authorities. And many in the crowd are NOT wearing any protection against that software.

    In the tiniest possible way, the choice is stand and be recognized is part of the reason I started using my given name in posting comments here at the Treehouse some years ago. That choice was a bit frightening because of the attacks we had experienced during the Zimmerman trial, including personal threats against each of us in the admin group and very direct threats against Sundance. It is my desire to stand in my place and using my actual name is, literally, about the least that I can do. In some way, like the Hong Kongers, I don’t want to always be wearing a mask out of fear for my safety.

    Still remains to be seen if I will dare to quietly wear a MAGA t-shirt in public here in Oregon where beating up on people who support Trump is a thing.

    I may decide it is worth it to risk getting bloodied for the sake of the Republic. It’s easy to say, “Of course, it is!!” isn’t it? Not to simple to choose to do it.

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    • wyoskeptic says:

      Sharon it is never an easy decision about putting oneself into harm’s way. One has to decide — each and everyone by and for themselves — if the purpose is worth the harm. One of the things which I hold to myself and often repeat to others who might be in such a situation, is Montrose’s Toast.

      “He either fears his fate too much,
      Or his desserts are small,
      Who dares not put it to the touch,
      To win or lose it all.”
      James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, and 5th Earl of Montrose

      There are times when a person has to move the stack (to use a poker metaphor) all in, either as a means to call the bluffs of others, or else to simply make it clear exactly how important it is to that person who is calling the bluff. Only the person who is in that situation can understand what is at risk for them and if that risk is worth it to them. Speaking for myself, remembering those times when it seemed to me that the stack I had to bet with was mighty small and the opposition was might large, it was worth it to know that yes, I did call the bluff and yes, I did come through it.

      In addition to Montrose’s Toast, there are the storied words from Sir Andrew Barton:

      “I am hurt, but I am not slain;
      I’ll lay me down and bleed a while,
      And then I’ll rise and fight again.”

      You may kill me — for I am only mortal after all — but unless you do, you’ll never beat me. It is how I choose to live that defines me, as I see it.

      Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

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  34. 21leelee says:

    President Trump can do what other leaders don’t have the courage to do. 🤘🏻

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  35. snellvillebob says:

    While Hong Kong has been resisting, Iranians have been rioting.
    So far 731 banks have been burned.
    140 government buildings have been burned.
    71 gas stations have been burned.
    These stats are from the Iranian government so are probably an underestimate.

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