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Joshua Wong urges inclusion of guarantees for Hong Kong rights in U.S.-China trade talks Updated: 2019-09-14 12:43:59 KST

A prominent Hong Kong activist reached out to seek America's support, as demonstrations have been ongoing for 14 weeks in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997.
A few hours after arriving in New York, Joshua Wong called on U.S. politicians to pass a bill expressing support for the pro-democracy campaign.
The 22 year-old urged President Trump to include a "human rights clause" in any trade agreement with China.
This comes as Washington-Beijing trade talks are scheduled for October.
The activist said it's important to factor Hong Kong into the negotiations, as it faces the threat of emergency laws, and China could send troops into the semi-autonomous territory.
Wong emphasized that if Hong Kong's economic freedom and open business environment is not preserved, it will also damage the global economy.
He is set to attend a congressional hearing in Washington of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.
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