US Senate may pass Hong Kong sanctions bill by Monday

By Helene Fung

US Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the Senate initiated an expedited process to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act unless there is an objection, which means the bill may pass as early as Monday.

The bill he bill calls for sanctions to be made against individuals deemed to have undermined Hong Kong’s high level of autonomy.

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the if China deploys the People’s Liberation Army or the People’s Armed Police in Hong Kong, provisions of the 1992 US-Hong Kong Policy Act should immediately cease to apply, as the high autonomy of the city would be jeopardised.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against “foreign interference” in Hong Kong affairs, pledging “unwavering support” to the Hong Kong government and police force to stamp out violence.

 

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