August 30, 2019
Hon. Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We write to you at a critical moment for freedom and American interests in the Far East. As you know, the people of Hong Kong are struggling to preserve the liberties and autonomy that the Peopled Republic of China promised to respect when the territory ceased to be a British colony. We have an opportunity to help them do so.
Under the 1992 U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act. Hong Kong enjoys a special status as a customs territory from which the PRC has benefited hugely. Pursuant to this statute, in order to continue to enjoy this benefit, Beijing needs to abide by its “one country，two systems” legal commitment with respect to the territory’s legal autonomy and the city’s civil liberties for years as outlined in 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.
For over two months, the authorities and police of Hong Kong have tried to suppress protests initially precipitated by widespread popular opposition to an extradition bill that poses a direct threat to the human rights of Hong Kongers. It is, however, just one of the actions taken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that violate Hong Kong‘s legal autonomy.
Consequently, the people of Hong Kong now have five major demands, in addition to the resignation of Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong Chief Executive who has been responsible for pressing for the adoption of the hated extradition legislation and who refuses to abandon that project. We should support these demands:
1) The complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill
2) The government stops characterizing the protests as ‘riots’
3) The unconditional release of all arrested protesters and the dropping of any charges against them
4) An independent inquiry into police conduct in connection with the protests
5) The implementation of genuine universal suffrage
Under the direction of the Chinese Communist Party, the Hong Kong government has chosen to ignore the demands of the people, evidence that Hong Kong’s civil liberties are no longer respected and that what is left of its autonomy is in extremis.
In short, the CCP has broken its promises under the agreement signed with Britain at the time of the 1997 handover.
Therefore. Mr. President, we believe it is in the vital interests of the United States to take now the following steps:
1) Immediately sanction the following officials:
- HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam
- Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng
- Secretary for Security John Lee
- Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Stephen Lo
- Director of Hong Kong Liaison Office Wang Zhimin
The sanctions should include, but not be limited to, prohibiting their entry into the United States and freezing the assets in this country，if any，of the relevant individual (or organization). This could be done in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
2) Immediately and publicly support the five demands of the Hong Kong protestors.
3) Demand the CCP abide by and implement the terms of the Sino-British Joint Declaration Agreement signed in 1984.
4) Serve notice that，if the PRC does indeed use its People’s Armed Police or People’s Liberation Army units – whether in uniform or in undercover capacities – against the protestors in Hong Kong, you will take the following actions:
- Issue an Executive Order suspending the US-Hong Kong Policy Act on the grounds that, per 22 U.S.C. §5722. you are authorized to do so if you determine that Hong Kong’s autonomy is not sufficient to distinguish it from the People’s Republic of China; and
- Rescind Hong Kong’s status as a “Preferential Trading Partner.”
We would hope such bold actions will discourage Beijing from executing what, otherwise, seems likely to be an imminent crackdown in Hong Kong. They will, at a minimum, demonstrate our nation’s solidarity with other freedom-loving peoples in the face of totalitarian oppression. Finally, we believe these recommendations are fully in keeping with your America First agenda and your defense of these United States.
Brian Kennedy, Chairman
Frank Gaffney, Vice Chairman
Hon. Tidal McCoy
Joseph Bosco, Esq.
Hon. Hank Cooper
Dr. Anders Corr
Dr. Peter Pry
Hon. Kenneth deGraffenreid
Dr. Suzanne Scholte
Captain James Fanell, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Colonel Lawrence Sellin, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Pastor Bob Fu
Hon. Ed Timperlake
Dr. Arthur Waldron
Dr. Michael Waller
Dr. Jianli Yang