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

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.

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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 HK Bills'. Print Edition | Subscribe