Residents, police clash in southern China

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Hong Kong - a business and trade gateway for China as an worldwide financial centre - has been mired in often violent anti-government protests for almost six months.

Last week, both the Senate and House passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S.1838), which would require the United States to review annually Hong Kong's special trading relationship, and pave the way for sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights violations in the city.

Especially after pro-democracy parties scored a landslide victory in Sunday's district council elections in Hong Kong, criticism against China's Communist Party has grown across the globe, making it "more hard for Japan to welcome Xi", the source said.

"The government wants us to desert the front-liners and young protesters, but we will stick with them", rally organizer Tam Kwok-sun, 64, said to loud cheers from the crowd.

"I appeal the government to take important confidence-building measures, including a proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the police", Bachelet wrote in an opinion piece in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post newspaper on Saturday. But Simon Cheng says it was a forced confession and that he was tortured by Chinese police and pressed for information about Hong Kong's activists.

The unrest has disrupted transport networks and even temporarily paralyzed the airport in August, prompting Hong Kong Airlines at the time to say it would adjust services.

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The Chinese government nevertheless denounced the actions taken by Trump and the U.S. Congress as "pure interference in China's internal affairs" and risibly predicted Hong Kongers would reject it as "sinister" evidence of America's "hegemonic intentions".

Low-priced carrier Hong Kong Airlines said Friday it would delay salary payments to some staff, warning its business hasdbeen "severely affected" by the political unrest in the city.

"We are really grateful about that and we really appreciate the effort made by Americans who support Hong Kong, who stand with Hong Kong, who do not choose to side with Beijing", he said, urging other countries to pass similar legislation.

While Trump faced down Democrats in Washington, he also clashed with Chinese officials over what the administration called unfair trade practices.

"It's still a very early stage of the revolution", a masked activist, who gave her name as Mai, 26, said Saturday.

"We have to take action, to do something, both diplomatically, and add pressure, and I think eventually trade will have to follow", United Kingdom member of the European Parliament Sheila Ritchie said. "We should not stop there, I came today because we have to keep fighting". "I think they need it".

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