Protesters rally in Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images
The Chinese government issued a statement on Tuesday threatening the U.S. with retaliatory action if Congress passes legislation that would lead to a mandatory annual review of Hong Kong's special trading status.
Why it matters: The House unanimously passed a bill earlier Tuesday condemning Chinese interference in Hong Kong's affairs and supporting the rights of pro-democracy protestors to demonstrate.
- The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement warns if the bill is passed into law, it would harm relations between the 2 countries and China would take retaliatory measures.