Hong Kong cops tear gas demonstrators as thousands protest Chinese security law

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters are tear-gassed by police

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White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien suggested the measures on Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press".

At least 180 people were arrested, mostly on charges of unlawful assembly, police said.

"And if they do". Pompeo warned that China's proposed law "would be a death knell for the high degree of autonomy Beijing promised for Hong Kong under the Sino-British joint declaration".

China's statement comes after the U.S. said it might revoke Hong Kong's special trading privileges if China enacts the new security law. Article 23 stipulates that Hong Kong, not Beijing, "shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People's Government (CPG), or theft of state secrets, to prohibit foreign political organizations or bodies from conducting political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organizations or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political organizations or bodies".

China is due to pass a law in the coming days that will see "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" banned in the territory, which some fear may further erode the rights to protest and freedom of assembly now permitted in Hong Kong, afforded by the 1985 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Relations between China and much of the Western world have taken a turn for the worst in recent days and the weekend news is likely to have the financial and commodity markets on the back foot as we open for trade for the new week.

"They're going to see a lot of economic harm from what they're doing", he said, adding that businesses would not want to invest or keep money "in a place where they're basically sneering at the rule of law".

On Sunday, China's foreign minister said the USA was pushing relations with between the two to "the brink of a new Cold War".

China has portrayed Hong Kong's protests as a foreign-backed plot to destabilise the motherland.

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Commentators in the city said the announcement marked the end of Hong Kong's promised autonomy under the "one country, two systems" formula.

Hong Kong protesters returned to the streets despite the pandemic to voice their opposition to Beijing's proposal for a "national security" law that was presented at the PRC's National People Congress this week in order to bypass the Hong Kong legislative council and pass the law that will shield the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from criticism by those in the semi-autonomous city.

At a briefing for diplomats, foreign business chambers and correspondents, China's Foreign Commissioner in Hong Kong, Xie Feng, said the laws would only target a minority of "troublemakers" who had posed "imminent danger" to China's national security.

"We must get it done without the slightest delay", he said.

"China and the United States stand to gain from cooperation, and lose from confrontation".

On Friday, the USA announced sanctions against a Chinese government institute and eight companies for human rights violations against Uighurs and other minorities in China's western Xinjiang region.

Wang added that U.S. officials should focus on the outbreak in the United States, which has become the hardest-hit country in the world.

"This political virus is using every opportunity to attack and smear China".

The refusal to grant Hong Kongers democracy has sparked rare bipartisan support in an otherwise bitterly divided Washington during the Trump administration.

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