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US Congress Passes New Sanctions over Hong Kong Targeting Banks

File photo: President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks on the South Lawn after arriving on Marine One at the White House, Thursday,Washington. (AP)

File photo: President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks on the South Lawn after arriving on Marine One at the White House, Thursday,Washington. (AP)

Two days after China imposed a controversial security law, the US Senate unanimously agreed to send the bill to President Donald Trump, who has not indicated if he will sign it.

The US Congress on Thursday approved tough new sanctions over Hong Kong that include penalties for banks that cooperate in infringing on the territory's autonomy from China.

Two days after China imposed a controversial security law, the US Senate unanimously agreed to send the bill to President Donald Trump, who has not indicated if he will sign it.

"Our timing could not be more critical," said Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who helped lead the bipartisan measure.

"I hope President Trump will sign this immediately," he said on the Senate floor.