China's legislature has approved a proposal to impose a highly contentious national security law in Hong Kong, in an unprecedented move that critics say threatens fundamental political freedoms and civil liberties in the semi-autonomous territory. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the security legislation a "disastrous proposal" and condemned the Chinese government's actions.
Cantopop singer and actress Denise Ho has become of the most prominent faces of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Ho pleaded 'The World Must Act Now'.
The U.S. has a significant financial relationship with Hong Kong. Trade in goods and services between the U.S. and Hong Kong totaled more than $66 billion in 2018, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.