America : US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that supports pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
The Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justify its special status with the US.
Mr Trump said he signed the law “out of respect for President Xi [Jinping], China, and the people of Hong Kong”.
China’s foreign ministry said it would take “firm counter measures” – accusing the US of “sinister intentions”.
Mr Trump is currently seeking a deal with China, in order to end a trade war between the two countries.
Hong Kong’s government also reacted, saying the American bill would send the wrong signal and would not help to ease the situation.
But one of the leaders of the Hong Kong protest movement, Joshua Wong, said the US law was a “remarkable achievement” for “all Hongkongers”.