‘Rocky’ shock for China makes Trump Hong Kong hero

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University became the epicentre this month of the territory's increasingly violent protest movement

The Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justify its special status with the US.

The Act also threatens sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials for human rights violations.

China's foreign ministry has reacted by saying that the U.S. is "going down the wrong path", and that there would be "counter measures".

It's been a rocky week for US relations with China, just as the two sides seek a deal to end a damaging trade war.

It said American interference in Hong Kong was doomed to fail.

Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said when governments and people around the world speak out in support of the Hong Kong people, it shows that democracy has become a way of life pursued by all people.

Trump's signing of the Hong Kong bill was another major miscalculation.

It bans the export of certain non-lethal munitions to Hong Kong police.

"[The bills] are being enacted in the hope that leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences, leading to long-term peace and prosperity for all", Mr Trump said.

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Hong Kong police entered the Polytechnic University on Thursday after a almost two-week siege that saw some of the worst clashes between protesters and security forces.

"The most needed prospect of certainty for business will vanish", said Shi, who expects China to adopt a tougher stance on trade and other issues.

Hong Kong's protests are fuelled by years of seething anger over China's perceived erosion of liberties in the semi-autonomous city.

Among other things, Hong Kong's special trading status means it is not affected by USA sanctions or tariffs placed on the mainland.

In response, the US Embassy in Beijing said China's Communist Party "must honor its promises to the Hong Kong people".

Those are set to expire in 2047, and many in Hong Kong are uncertain about their future.

A rally planned for Dec.8 by Civil Human Rights Front, the group that organised million-strong marches in June, is expected to provide the best gauge of how support for the pro-democracy movement is holding up.

Activists - armed with bricks, petrol bombs, and even bows and arrows - attacked the police lines during the siege.

The presence of United States and UK flags at protests has led to China accusing external forces of fueling the unrest.

The elections saw a landslide victory for the pro-democracy movement, with 17 of the 18 councils now controlled by pro-democracy councillors.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) reopened on Friday after the security team cleared the campus of risky items and weapons left behind by rioters, a police official confirmed.

After university leaders said nearly all protesters had left, police teams moved in on Thursday to gather a huge haul of Molotov cocktails and other weapons left behind after the occupation. One of most prominent figures, Joshua Wong, was reported by Bloomberg as "lauding" the decision.

Hundreds of police officers entered the ruined campus of Polytechnic University yesterday to collect evidence, removing risky items including thousands of petrol bombs, arrows and chemicals which had been strewn around the site.

It's not clear whether the officers found any remaining students.

The democracy bill also supported numerous protesters demands.

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