Hurd Stands with Hong Kong
by Will Hurd on October 17, 2019 at 2:28 PM
This week, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) proudly joined his colleagues to pass three bipartisan measures that support freedom and autonomy for the people of Hong Kong and condemn the interference of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong’s affairs.
The U.S. must remain committed to democracy and human dignity. I’m glad my House colleagues could show a united stance in support of the people of Hong Kong and their right to protest against China’s clear human rights abuses and attempts to undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy. In today’s interconnected world the United States serves as a beacon for other democracies and we must continue to do all we can in support of freedom.
The House unanimously passed:
- The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which reaffirms the U.S. commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong by requiring an annual certification that China is respecting Hong Kong’s internationally recognized autonomy to justify its special economic treatment;
- The PROTECT Hong Kong Act, which prohibits commercial exports of certain nonlethal crowd control items and defense articles and services to the Hong Kong Police Force; and,
- A resolution recognizing the importance of the U.S.-Hong Kong bilateral relationship, condemning the Chinese government’s interference in Hong Kong’s affairs and supporting the right of the people of Hong Kong to protest.
I have consistently spoken out against the dangers China poses to the United States and our allies and how we must work together to compete with and out-innovate China. Learn more in my recent op-ed for USA Today, here.