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Hong Kong protests

US senators seek precision shot at China to spare Hong Kong

Washington weighs whether getting tough on mainland will only hurt the city

Pro-democracy activists Nathan Law and Joshua Wong speak to the media in response to the national security legislation in Hong Kong on June 3.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- American lawmakers are rummaging through their sanctions toolbox for a targeted blow that would make China feel pain over Hong Kong while minimizing damage to the city itself and Washington's interests.

The Chinese Communist Party "must know that there are consequences to its actions," said Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who chaired a hearing Thursday to review U.S. policy options. "Otherwise, the lesson that they will conclude is that they can continue the aggression against Hong Kong and perhaps in other places around the world."

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