The U.S. Senate passed a law that will hold those accountable who interfere with Hong Kong’s autonomy, now threatened by a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) law.
Through the Hong Kong Autonomy Law, entities will be penalized for violating the CCP’s obligations to the city’s inhabitants through an international treaty and other local laws.
“Today, the Senate took meaningful action to hold China [the CCP] and its proxies to account for their ongoing efforts to extinguish liberty and democracy in Hong Kong,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md.) who, along with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), was one of the proponents of the law.
Van Hollen announced that the Senate had unanimously passed the bill on June 25, which could also be applied against banks that collaborate with violators of the legislation protecting Hong Kong’s freedoms.
“Today, the Senate stood up to the communist regime in Beijing and stood with the people of Hong Kong,” were Toomey’s words, who also encouraged the representatives to pass the bill as a step toward the signature of President Donald Trump.
This would preserve the rights that Hong Kongers obtained from Britain in 1984, including a “high degree of autonomy,” an independent judiciary, freedom of speech, press, and assembly.
Hong Kong could also continue to elect by “universal suffrage” the chief executive and the legislative council.
This law also seeks to mitigate the impact of the security law imposed by the CCP on Hong Kong and the continuing violent repression which, according to various reports, has led to countless imprisonments and even the surreptitious deaths of thousands of freedom fighters in Hong Kong.
Hong Kongers are so worried about the CCP’s repression that many of them have begun to flee to Taiwan to continue managing the stability of their freedom from there.
The pro-Hong Kong dissident billionaire Miles Guo predicts that the CCP may only last 30 to 90 days before succumbing “to large-scale pressure from the U.S.-led international anti-CPP coalition,” according to the alternative media, GNews.