Hong Kong protesters seek British support as campus siege ends

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This is not the Hong Kong I know.

Activists are trying to keep up momentum, after winning backing from U.S. President Donald Trump that has renewed global attention on the Asian financial hub and infuriated Beijing.

In July, the European Parliament proposed a resolution, calling for appropriate controls to be put in place to deny exports of technology whichd is used to violate human rights in Hong Kong and China.

Investors were uncertain about the fate of a "phase-one" trade deal between the two economies, after Beijing warned the United States on Thursday it would take "firm countermeasures" in response to the USA legislation.

Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean businessman who lives in China, had funded "hostile forces" in the United States and participated in activities that have led to unrest in Hong Kong, according to the official Guangdong Communist Party newspaper, citing Chinese security officials.

The Hong Kong government says police have arrested 5,890 people in connection with the protests since June, and that 40 percent of them are students.

Trump signed the legislation under heavy pressure from Congress, where it attracted rare bipartisan support, and in a statement spoke of his "respect" for Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling for both sides to "amicably settle their differences".

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Hong Kong protesters returned to the city centre in a peaceful rally after the city's pro-democracy forces won by a landslide in local district council elections in a rebuke of the government and its backers in Beijing.

Last week, after Congress passed the Hong Kong bill nearly unanimously, Trump spoke of his dilemma of having to stand up for American values but also to move trade talks with China forward. The conflict, which reached a peak in the last few weeks during a police siege of a university, has worsened already tense ties between the China and the U.S., which Beijing claims has had a "black hand" in instigating the anti-government protests. Some 1,100 people have already left or have been arrested by police. They suggested that Mr Rubio could be banned from entering mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau.

He also reiterated zero tolerance of any illegal act faced with plans for more unauthorized demonstrations this Friday in front of the British and U.S. consulates.

"America didn't have any duty to do this", he said, shrugging off concerns about the city being caught in the wider US-China trade war.

Some in the crowd shouted "revenge" and "five demands".

"Hong Kong will not sink in this way. This is a good time for us to leverage this role to gain more support around the world".

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