Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest

Reuters | August 19, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged China on Monday to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws and repeated President Donald Trump’s warning that it would be harder for Washington to make a trade deal with Beijing if there was violence in the former British territory. “For the United States to make a deal with China, Beijing needs to honor its commitments - beginning with the commitment China made in 1984 to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws through the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pence said in an address at the Detroit Economic Club.

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DHS worked with Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League and National Hockey League on a sports PSA that is aimed at reaching out to sports audiences to encourage them to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

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