Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Welcome to the Voice of America's news works. In late 2019 the United States passed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act review. The law will punish Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong. The reaction from China was to rebuke the United States by announcing they would ban American Navy ships and military aircraft from going to Hong Kong. In this example, rebuke is avert. It means to speak in an angry way to someone because they have said or done something that you do not approve off the noun rebuke is an expression of disapproval or criticism.