China Responds to U.S. Hong Kong Act with Praise for People’s Liberation Army


China responded on Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Decency Act by using its state media to praise the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison stationed in Hong Kong.

President Trump said when he signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Decency Act on Wednesday that he did so “out of respect for President Xi [Jinping], China, and the people of Hong Kong.”

Trump said he hoped the U.S. legislation, which requires an annual review of human rights in Hong Kong when the city’s special trade status is renewed and provides for sanctions against Chinese officials who violate the human rights of Hong Kong citizens, would help China, Hong Kong officials, and protesters “amicably settle their differences, leading to long-term peace and prosperity for all.”

The Chinese government nevertheless denounced the actions taken by Trump and the U.S. Congress as “pure interference in

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