A Saturday call between Mnuchin, Lighthizer and China's Liu was described as "constructive" by state news agency Xinhua.
The bills came as Hong Kong, an autonomous region under China since 1997, is witnessing protests that began in early June against the Carrie Lam administration's move to legalize extradition to mainland China.
The legislation will be discussed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, which has already approved its own version, before it is sent to President Donald Trump. "China will have to take strong countermeasures to defend our national sovereignty, security and development interests if the USA insists on making the wrong decisions".
Although Trump announced last month that the United States and China had reached a "historic" trade agreement, signing a deal has proved elusive.
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At least 23 people left Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has been ringed by riot police for days, as the campus siege edged closer to an end. He also warned Beijing would take "resolute countermeasures". "Passing this legislation is an important step forward in holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy and its repression of fundamental freedoms".
The crackdown on protests in Hong Kong may also complicate the deal's completion.
"We don't stand here today as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans united in our strong support for the people of Hong Kong", said Congressman Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The latter is a political advisory body. It prompted Beijing to accuse the USA of interfering in domestic affairs. Sen.
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According to Heng, before the passage of the bill in the U.S. Senate, the CCP took a chance and amped up its handling of protestors, hoping that global society would continue its appeasement attitude toward Beijing. The measure also authorizes USA sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses. Public anger against the government and police could give a victory to the pro-democracy bloc that would bolster the legitimacy of the protest movement.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio was a main sponsor of the Senate-passed bill, which was co-sponsored by Republican Senator Jim Risch and Democratic senators Bob Menendez and Ben Cardin.
"China is willing to address core concerns together with the USA on a basis of equality and mutual respect, and to work to conclude our discussions on the first phase" of a trade deal, Gao told reporters at a weekly briefing. "Because I like what's happening now", President Trump told reporters at the White House. Hong Kong's shipping industry has a long history and has been established as an worldwide shipping center for more than a century. "Human right should never be override [sic] by the trade deal", Wong tweeted. "Phoenix9heavens" tweeted that the Senate's bill passage was "a great moment!"
Some Chinese netizens were also supportive.
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Uygurtimes commented: "The bill arrives after Hongkongers have risked their lives".