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Hong Kong protests

Trump pegs Hong Kong human rights bill to trade deal

City's court revives mask ban ahead of Sunday local elections

HONG KONG/NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled he would not immediately sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, citing a "very close" China trade deal, dashing the hopes of demonstrators that Washington could provide a check on Beijing's treatment of unrest in the city.

"We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I'm also standing with President Xi [Jinping]," Trump said in an interview with Fox News, referring to the Chinese leader as a friend of his.

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