President Donald Trump should expect "firm countermeasures," Beijing warned Thursday, after he approved legislation supporting pro-democracy protesters in China's crisis-stricken semi-autonomous territory. Among other measures, the new laws threaten sanctions for human rights violations. Trump, who acknowledged the move might rattle China, said he hoped all involved in the monthslong unrest could "amicably settle their differences."
Why does it matter? It could seriously derail trade talks between Beijing and Washington — shortly after both sides hailed signs of progress.