The US Lower House has passed a bill to support HUMAN RIGHTS and DEMOCRACY, in Hong Kong.
The US House of Representatives approved the ‘Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act’, by a majority vote yesterday.
The legislation cleared the Senate unanimously, the previous day.
The bill is intended to make sure Hong Kong retains a high degree of autonomy under the ‘One Country – Two Systems’ principle.
The bill would also make it possible to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who violate human rights in Hong Kong.
The House also passed another bill on the same day in a unanimous vote. This bill would ban the export of tear gas and rubber bullets, to prevent Hong Kong police from using those weapons against demonstrators.
US President Donald Trump has not mentioned his position on the bills, but US media outlets report, he is expected to sign the bills into law.
The Chinese government has indicated that it will take retaliatory measures if the bills become law; this is expected to affect trade talks between Washington and Beijing.