Trump signs Hong Kong human rights act

November 28, 2019

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An anti-government protester holds a tear gas canister during a protest in Hong Kong, Oct. 20, 2019.

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Tyrone Siu/Reuters 

President Donald Trump signed a plan to authorize sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong. This move signals support for pro-democracy activists, but it could make for some tricky negotiations with Beijing. Also, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway — the Mississippi River — which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the world and allows trade flows to return. With record precipitation earlier this year, the strain on the river system was severe, a strain that's only becoming more acute, and normal, with the impacts of climate change.

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