On Wednesday September 25, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 moved through the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Punishing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by sanctioning its puppet representatives in the Hong Kong government is the greatest gift to the “celebration” of the CCP regime’s 70 years anniversary on October 1.
Senator Marco Rubio who has been the key promoter of the legislation said, “The passage comes at a critical time when Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms are under assault by interference from the Chinese government and communist party.”
Stephen Yates, DC International Advisor and former Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, joined the testimony at the Senate hearing, “It is now twenty-two years since Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese sovereignty. Today’s hearing, once again, is one of the many ways the United States Congress demonstrates to Hong Kong, China, and the world that developments in Hong Kong remain vital to U.S. interests and of great importance to U.S. policymakers.”
“The Cultural Revolution 2.0 ethnic chauvinism exceeds China’s boundaries, as we witness harassment of ethnically Chinese who deign to think for themselves, and advocate on behalf of those threatened or oppressed by the Communist Party. As seen in Hong Kong and elsewhere, this harassment takes many forms, from physical abuse in person to stalking and demonization on social media,” remarked Mr. Yates at the hearing.
Yates said CCP-influenced operations extend beyond Hong Kong to attacks on institutions of freedom and rule of law in Taiwan, across Asia, around the world, and within the United States.
The legislation will likely be voted on by both chambers in the coming weeks. If passed, it will allow the U.S. to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials who undermine the autonomy of Hong Kong. The bill will also require the president to review Hong Kong special economic status each year and ensure its freedoms are not being eroded.
China on Thursday deplored and strongly opposed the passing of the Hong Kong-related act, urging the United States to stop interference in Hong Kong affairs.
“Such a move constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs and fully exposes some U.S. Congress members’ vicious intention to send Hong Kong into chaos and contain China’s development,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a statement released Thursday morning, according to Xinhua.
“Any U.S. move that undermines China’s interests will be met with our vigorous response,” Geng said.
Thursday night, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced more than two hours of grilling at a public “dialogue session”, the first time her pro-Beijing administration has sat down with its critics in 16 consecutive weeks of unrest.
“The biggest responsibility lies with myself, I won’t shirk the responsibility,” Carrie Lam gave her response to condemnations to her failed administration.
Adding to the criticism, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday called on China to “live up to its obligations” to Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, reasserting Britain’s commitment to the continuing legality of the handover treaty.
The 1984 joint declaration “remains as valid today as it was when it was signed almost 35 years ago”, Raab said, “The joint declaration, as a bilateral treaty, reflects not just the right to peaceful protest but the basic international human rights obligations, which would apply to China in any event”.
U.S. President Donald Trump said in his address to the UN General Assembly, “As we endeavor to stabilize our relationship (with China), we are also carefully monitoring the situation in Hong Kong. The world fully expects that the Chinese government will honor its binding treaty made with the British and registered with the United Nations in which China commits to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic way of life.”
President Trump continued to take on socialism and communism. He remarked, “Socialism and communism are not about justice, they are not about equality, they are not about lifting up the poor, and they are certainly not about the good of the nation. Socialism and communism are about one thing only: power for the ruling class.”
“These totalitarian ideologies, combined with modern technology, have the power to exercise new and disturbing forms of suppression and domination,” Trump said.
This week, the Communist government of China has been working hard to stop the spread of Trump’s UN speech across mainland China.
While dozens of state leaders and hundreds of top diplomats gathered at the UN Headquarters for the General Assembly, there was no sign of CCP leaders or the Chinese delegation at major debates.
Funny enough, absent from the UN venues, CCP officials are busy meeting a Taliban delegation in Beijing to discuss efforts to counter terrorism. Besides the Taliban, the world has learned that the Chinese Communist Party is the biggest terrorist organization on earth.
As the 70 years anniversary of the CCP regime is drawing near, Beijing residents have felt more terror in their capital city. Close to October 1, Beijing residents live in panic when many shops and food markets are closed, trains are mostly empty, and many complained of having their ID cards checked by police even when they have come close to home.
These weeks, martial law is actually enforced in part of the city. Residents along the Chang’an Avenue have been warned of shutting up their windows. For many, the National Day is a time for mourning.
Ahead of the CCP’s 70th anniversary in power, Beijing Daxing International Airport, billed as world’s most expensive and technologically-advanced terminal, was inaugurated by President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.
As a gift to the national event, the atmosphere yesterday at the opening ceremony looked more like a funeral when several CCP officials addressed the ceremony in boring speeches seemingly written by a single funeral writer honoring President Xi.
By Cloudy Seagail