Both sides will suffer if US passes bill on human rights in Hong Kong

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Negotiations in the United States trade war with China have reached a delicate stage, with a pause in escalation. The last thing Beijing needs now is distraction over a paramount issue in the relationship. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the US Congress is shaping that way, after approval by the House of Representatives. It would need the Senate’s go-ahead, the president’s signature and political will to activate it. But China’s array of official mouthpieces has already swung…

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