China's National People's Congress approved a controversial bill Thursday that, once enacted, will allow Beijing to exert its power more overtly in semi-autonomous Hong Kong. The 2,878-to-1 vote was expected, and once the Standing Committee of the Communist Party finishes writing the law, it could be in force by August or September. The legislation criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference in Hong Kong, and allows Beijing to set up its own security agencies in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protests have resumed in the city in response. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the Trump administration no long considers Hong Kong autonomous and may revoke its special trade status.
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