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Only days after hitting an all-time high of 28,090.21, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 1.15%, closing Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at 27,766.29.
That's a small loss, considering that the United States is threatening China over its control of Hong Kong.
With Congress passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act this week, which now goes to the White House for the president to sign or veto, markets could see more profit taking, or they could do what they've been doing: ignoring bad news and moving steadily higher.
Here's what markets are facing as a new front on America's trade war with China opens up…
The Steps Ahead for the United States and China Are Shakier than Ever
The House of Representatives voted 417 to 1 to pass their version of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The Senate on Tuesday passed its version of the draft bill unanimously. The House quickly reconciled its bill in alignment with the Senate's bill.
It now goes to the president to sign into law or veto.
While President Trump is expected to sign the bill, he could veto it.
What's at stake for the president is his leg up on the Chinese as the two negotiate their way out of the trade war launched by the U.S. last year.
Congress can force the bill into law if the president vetoes it because it has a "veto-proof" majority to override a veto.
In terms of his China trade war strategy, the president could veto the bill and explain to the American public that while he supports it 100%, he doesn't want a law that infuriates Beijing to impact his chances of getting everything he wants out of China in their trade war negotiations.
Knowing the bill will be passed into law over his potential veto, let's the president show Beijing that he's willing to work with them, at the same time explain to the American public his support for democracy in Hong Kong.
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