U.S. House passes HK bills, drawing China's ire

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two bills on Hong Kong, that will now make their way to the president for final approval.

It's a warning to China about its commitment to human rights, amid a crackdown on the city's pro-democracy protests.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called it a proud day for the U.S. Congress:


"Today, the Congress is sending an unmistakable message to the world that the United States stands in solidarity with freedom loving people of Hong Kong. And that we fully support their fight for freedom."

If President Trump signs the bills into law - it would see a ban of certain exports to Hong Kong police forces, like tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray.

It would also make officials who violate human rights in the city vulnerable to US sanctions.

And bring Hong Kong's special status with the US under a yearly review - something that's helped the Chinese-ruled city - become a global financial hub.

It's now putting Trump in an awkward situation.

The bills passed by such high margins they're practically veto-proof.

But he's also balancing delicate trade talks with Beijing - who have shown fury over the bills.

A front-page editorial in Chinese state media Thursday vowed "resolute revenge".

And said all consequences will be borne by the United States.

They're seeing the bills as U.S. meddling in China's internal affairs.

Trump has around 10 days to respond - a person familiar with the matter said he does intend to sign them into law.