The birth of our nation was anointed by the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson expressing the obvious truths that we are all created equal. These inalienable rights with which we are endowed: life, freedom and the search for happiness, constitute the basis of our Western values. As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a nation that enshrines these rights in the country’s highest law, our Constitution. It guarantees our freedoms and our democratic system of governance.
For decades, Hong Kong has been an autonomous bastion of western democracy and values. After Great Britains’ 99-year legal lease for Hong Kong expired in 1997, control of Hong Kong was ceded to Communist China. The transfer guaranteed that Communist China would support Hong Kong’s economic and democratic political systems for 50 years. This became known as the only country, two-system politics that ensured economic prosperity and personal freedom. The territory functioned as the economic gateway to China, opening trade with other nations and creating a better life for the people of Hong Kong through the principles of free market and personal freedom.
Unfortunately, this free Hong Kong was never wanted by communist China. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is actively working to undermine the autonomy of the region. Their new national security law is a blatant and draconian CCP takeover to crush dissent, disagreement and free thinking in Hong Kong.
The law has nothing to do with national security, its purpose was to strip Hong Kong of its autonomy guaranteed by China’s communist agreement with Britain and to give the CCP total control over the region. It authorizes the Chinese Communist government to extradite people from free Hong Kong to Communist China for exercising their simple right to denounce an authoritarian regime. In fact, from the first day under the law, we saw arrests of demonstrators demand democracy. A man was arrested for just holding a Hong Kong independence flag.
Congress has an obligation to support the people of Hong Kong who demand autonomy and democracy. We must hold the CCP accountable for their blatant actions. Last week, the House adopted HR7083, the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, by unanimous consent. This bill would penalize banks for doing business with Chinese officials who apply these new restrictions on freedom. But we have to do more.
I joined the representatives. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTrump’s decision at WHO raises bipartisan concerns in the House National security adviser says Trump was not told about the bonus information, condemns Pentagon leaks: ‘No corroborative evidence’ ” to validate bonus claims on PLUS troops (R-Texas) and Eliot EngelEliot Launches EngelVoice of America Does Not Extend Visas For Foreign Journalists: Report New York Candidates Are Left On Hold As Primary Results Run Over Progressive New Jersey Competitors In Progressive Primaries PLUS (DN.Y.) in co-sponsorship H. Res. 1033, which condemns the Chinese Communist governments for violating the guaranteed rights and freedoms of Hong Kong and reaffirms the solidarity of the United States with their people. He also urges the Chinese and Hong Kong communist governments to refrain from applying this draconian law.
The CCP National Security Law is a dangerous and grave affront to freedom of expression and democratic values in Hong Kong, the region and around the world. It creates a China where the authority of Big Brother Xi Jinpings knows no limits and restricts the actions of demonstrators whose freedoms are stolen from them. Worse, this law encourages similar regimes to adopt similar laws that suppress peoples’ right to freedom of expression on their lands.
Two hundred and forty-four years ago, the Americans led a revolution to defend life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Today, the people of Hong Kong revolt against an oppressive tyranny. We have a sacred duty to support their quest. I urge my colleagues in the House to join me in co-sponsoring H.Res.1033 and holding President Xi and the Chinese Communist government responsible for this heavy and oppressive law.
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