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China says “No No”

September 9, 2019

The temptation for the U.S. to get involved in support of Hong Kong demonstrators is strong and has appeal to U.S. human rights activists and apparently some infantile “conservatives.”  In terms of U.S./PRC relations today, that is a “no no” and US politicians need to reexamine policies first formulated in 1992.

  1. U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act enacted in 1992 allows the United States to continue to treat Hong Kong separately from Mainland China for matters concerning trade export and economics control. Mitch McConnell voted for this in 1992 and supports it today.
  2. Congress created the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) in 2000 to monitor China’s compliance with international human rights standards, to encourage the development of the rule of law in the PRC, and to establish and maintain a list of victims of human rights abuses in China.
  3. Cong. Chris Smith (RNJ) has introduced H.R.3289 – Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. The proposed legislation will also “establish punitive measures against government officials in Hong Kong or mainland China who are responsible for suppressing basic freedoms in Hong Kong, especially in connection with the abduction of certain booksellers.”
  4. Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation at the University of Montana in Missoula, with total assets in 2015 of $22.95 million, conducted a dialogue on U.S.-Hong Relations in Montana, August 19-21, 2019.
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