Markets fall after Trump signs bills supporting Hong Kong protests
28 November 2019 | 1:39 pm
Despite fears in some corners that he would attempt to veto it, President Trump has signed into law a US bill in support of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. It’s a move that is unlikely to assist in the current negotiations as the trade war between China and the US continues.
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