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East Asia & US: Hong Kong Bill, New N. Korea Policy, Japan-US Agreement

China To Retaliate To The US Sponsored Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 

China have said that it would ‘retaliate forcefully’ to the new move by the US Congress to approve the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 in the US Congress and US House of Representatives. If the Hong Kong Bill is passed, it would enable US to sanction Hong Kong economically as well as allow the special economic status that Hong Kong enjoys vis-a-vis US be reviewed. With the passing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, the United States can also take diplomatic action against the Hong Kong government when there is restriction and curb of basic freedom by the Hong Kong government and individual Chinese officials against the common Hong Kong citizenry.

South Korea and US have affirmed new North Korea policy

South Korea and United States have agreed to take a more gentler approach and refrain from taking a hardline procedure toward North Korea’s path to denuclearization. On the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, South Korea and US have reportedly agreed to take a more sombre approach toward North Korea on its path toward denuclearization. US President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, so far, have met on three different occasions with little progress toward North Korea’s denuclearization. In the recent months, North Korea had tested a series of short range projectiles into the Sea of Japan as a ‘show of strength’ against the joint military drill between US and South Korea.

Japan signs digital and trade agreements with US

US President Donald J. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo have signed two trade agreement namely United States- Japan Trade Agreement and United States- Japan Digital Trade Agreement that is said to eliminate certain tariff on agricultural as well as industrial products for the robust growth of both the economies. Under the new digital agreement, it is also said that both the countries will conduct cutting edge digital trade by following ‘high standard of rules’.