The United States Senate unanimously passed the law Thursday to impose sanctions on Chinese officials, businesses, and banks that support the new Hong Kong security law.
The Hong Kong Autonomy Act, approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, is now in the hands of President Donald Trump for its ratification, as stated by the CNN television station.
The House of Lords had approved the text last week, although the House of Representatives later made a number of changes, so the rules had to be returned to the Senate for final approval.
The final “yes” came just a few days after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ratification of the controversial law, which critics say is undermining the region’s autonomy and Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms. However, Beijing insists that its entry into force is essential to end the region’s secessionist movements and maintain the country’s sovereignty.
The law in question has been heavily criticized by the international community, opposition MPs and human rights groups. Many of them believe that the ordinance will serve to silence political dissidents, activists and journalists.