People in support of the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong hold placards as they protest at Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2019. - Under a deal signed with Britain, authoritarian China agreed to allow Hong Kong to keep its unique freedoms when it was handed back in 1997. But many Hong Kongers feel those freedoms are being chipped away, especially since China's hardline president Xi Jinping came to power. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP via Getty Images)