One prominent Hong Kong activist and former lawmaker is urging Canada and the rest of the world to speak out against a Chinese national security law that she warns will be like "driving a truck" through the city's one country, two systems governance arrangement.
Chinese state media has weighed in on the protests in the U.S., comparing them to last year's violent anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong that Beijing accuses the USA and other foreign forces as encouraging. Those tariffs would penalize American exporters more than Hong Kong businesses.
Shares in Hong Kong and in the mainland also got a leg up from data that showed China's factory activity unexpectedly returned to growth in May, marking the first expansion since January. Under the terms of a China-Britain agreement, Hong Kong was to have enjoyed significant autonomy from the communist government in Beijing for 50 years, starting in 1997.
Trump said Friday that his administration would begin eliminating the "full range" of agreements that had given Hong Kong a relationship with the USA that mainland China lacked, including exemptions from controls on certain exports. President Donald Trump has announced a series of measures aimed at China as a rift between the two countries grows.
The chamber said its members were particularly concerned about the possibility of foreign sanctions against Hong Kong.
"With political firestorms igniting across the USA, the president may reorient his focus to the old faithful foreign policy and China", he said in a note.
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China made a decision to impose a national security law on the city after successive Hong Kong governments were unable or unwilling to do so themselves because of stiff public opposition.
The next US step would likely be reviving previously planned but canceled tariffs on some $165 billion worth of Chinese consumer goods, including Apple cellphones and computers, toys and clothing - all ultimately paid by USA companies and passed on to consumers.
Beijing has always been infuriated by criticism from Western governments - especially the United States - over its crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong.
Justice Minister Teresa Cheng said the basis for Trump's actions was "completely false and wrong", saying the national security laws were legal and necessary.
"We haven't seen anything like a principled response on what's happening in Hong Kong", he said.
"Why does the United States lionize the so-called Hong Kong independence and black violence elements as heroes and activists, while calling people who protest against racism "rioters"?"
The Twitter account of the Global Times has also published clips from the U.S. protests, including one of a police vehicle ramming into protesters in NY city.
Last year's gathering was especially large and came just a week before seven months of pro-democracy protests and clashes exploded onto the city's streets, sparked initially by a plan to allow extraditions to the authoritarian mainland.