Hong Kong unrest: Gauging impact of U.S. legislation
Ten days ago, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Its provisions require Washington to evaluate the city's democratic freedoms on an annual basis and could threaten Hong Kong's special trading status and even impose sanctions. Beijing has labeled the act interference in China's internal affairs, and many Hong Kong lawmakers are worried it will embolden violent protests. Business leaders are worried about its implications for the economy.