U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs

07/01/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/30/2020 21:04

Engel Leads Bipartisan House Legislation Condemning China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong

Washington-Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today introduced bipartisan legislation condemning Beijing for ramming through a new national security law in Hong Kong. The House measure denounces the People's Republic of China's efforts to fundamentally alter Hong Kong's autonomy and undermine the basic rights and freedoms Hong Kongers are promised under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong's Basic Law.

'Beijing's National Security Law will upend the 'one country, two systems' framework. It's the culmination of Xi Jinping's years-long assault on Hong Kong's democratic freedoms and autonomy,' Chairman Engel said. 'Time after time, Congress has stepped in to support Hong Kong and push back on Beijing's aggression. Last year, we passed legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support giving the President and his Administration a set of strong policy tools to hold Beijing accountable. But President Trump has refused to use these options-instead, he has actively supported China's heinous actions hoping for a trade deal to boost his chances at reelection.

'The measure we're introducing today again sends the message that Congress condemns Beijing's actions as violation of international law, and continues to stand with Hong Kong-and we will continue to encourage this Administration and all of our allies and partners around the world to do the same.'

Chairman Engel introduced this resolution denouncing Beijing's assault on Hong Kong's autonomy with Representatives Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ami Bera (D-CA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).

Full text of House Resolution 1033 can be found here.

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