Thousands of protesters wave American flags in Hong Kong

President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday strengthening the position of pro-democracy protestors, and China's government was outraged.
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Next, president trump caught in the middle after signing new measures supporting human rights in Hong Kong. Grateful pro-democracy protesters waving American flags at a Thanksgiving rally. But a furious China summoned the U.S. Ambassador to a meeting in beijing. Are the u.s./china trade talks now at risk? Here's ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell. Reporter: Thousands of protesters taking to the streets of Hong Kong, many waving American flags to say thank you. They're grateful after president trump signed legislation, strengthing the position of pro-democracy protesters. Two bills that threaten sanctions and penalties if China meddles with the city's rights and freedoms. It also bans american-made tear gas and rubber bullets from being sold to Hong Kong. Mr. Trump said he signed the law "Out of respect for president XI, China and the people of Hong Kong." But beijing's furious. The American ambassador summoned in anger. China saying it "Strongly protests" the move, calling it "Serious interference in China's internal affairs." And warning of "Strong counter and warning of strong counter measures during a time when both economic superpowers are engaged in highly sensitive talks to end the long-running trade war. All this as the battle on the streets of this city descend increasingly into violent clashes. Move, move, move! The recent siege of a college campus further escalating tensions. With no end in sight, the protests now straining u.s./china relations. If beijing hoped it could ignore or marginalize the demonstrations in Hong Kong, that's gone out the window. With America backing the movement, it will likely only provoke more protests and potentially violence. Ian, thank you. And back here now, some

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