US Congress support for Hong Kong democracy Bill strengthens
WASHINGTON - The United States Congress is increasingly throwing its weight behind a Bill backing human rights and democracy in Hong Kong, in a signal of American support for the city's protesters that is certain to rile China.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
This would pressure China and the Hong Kong government to uphold the city's autonomy, or risk damaging Hong Kong's economic future with the loss of its special status before the American law.
They include prominent lawmakers such as Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who ended her presidential bid two weeks ago, and four-term Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine.
The Washington Post called on Congress to swiftly pass the Bill, in an editorial that also criticised President Donald Trump's weak response to the protests.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong urged Mr Trump to include a clause on human rights in trade negotiations with China, during an event in New York on Friday.
"I have no particular problem with (the legislation), but I also don't think it's necessarily going to solve the problem with Hong Kong. It's an expression of concern which is useful, but also reinforces authorities that already exist under US law," he said at a forum organised by the Atlantic Council think-tank on Thursday.Read more: The Straits Times
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