News analysis

Domestic political considerations behind Trump's signing of Hong Kong Bills

Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

China may fume at United States President Donald Trump's signing of a pair of Bills supporting the Hong Kong democracy protests, but Mr Trump has calculated that the move is unlikely to sink the trade deal they are trying to work out, said experts.

In any case, his signing was less about the trade deal and more about bolstering his domestic political position, they said.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2019, with the headline Domestic political considerations behind Trump's signing of Hong Kong Bills. Subscribe