The Chinese government has threatened to take “firm countermeasures” against the United States after President Donald Trump signed a Hong Kong bill on Wednesday.
The action by the United States may be detrimental to the current trade deal talk between both countries.
The Legislation which was approved by the Senate last week requires Hong Kong’s special trade status with the US to be reviewed annually by the State Department and also threatens sanctions for human rights violations.
Congress also passed another bill signed by President Trump.
The bill bans the exportation of crowd-control munitions, such as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber-coated bullets and stun guns to the Hong Kong police.
Donald Trump defended his actions saying he signed the bill out of great respect for Chinese President Xi XJinPing.
“I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said in a statement.
“They 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.”
The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry released a swift reply saying it will take “firm countermeasures” in retaliation for the signed bill.
Protests in Hong Kong have been ongoing since June.
Citizens of the China self-governing territory have demanded more autonomy from China amidst other demands.