US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the US is going to take action against China this week over its effort to impose national security laws on Hong Kong.
Asked if he was going to impose sanctions on China over its crackdowns in Hong Kong, Trump told reporters at the White House: “We’re doing something now. I think you’ll find it very interesting. But I won’t be talking about it today.”
“It’s something you’re going to be hearing about … before the end of the week – very powerfully I think,” Trump said.
Riot police dispersed protesters during a lunchtime protest at the Central Government Complex in Hong Kong as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place at the legislature on Wednesday.
The bill would make it a criminal offense to “disrespect” the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China. It would also require that the anthem be taught in schools and sung by organizations.
It is expected that the Chinese government will pass the national security law when the Two Sessions come to an end this week.
The legislation would bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and could allow mainland agencies to be set up in the city, sparking concerns Chinese agents could arbitrarily arrest people for pro-democracy activities.
By Winnie Troppie