US lawmakers from the four American states of Vermont, Arizona, Texas and New Jersey have tabled in the Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act of 2019. A total of 25 Republicans and Democrats is said to have , so far, supported the bill.
The new bill will reportedly act as an amendment of the US- Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 which had kept the bilateral trade and other ties intact even after the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. This meant, for instance, that such recent US trade tariff on Chinese imports will exempt goods and products which are made and sent from Hong Kong.
Under the new amended act, it would allow US to point fingers at individuals that seemed to curb the basic freedom as well as also counter any loophole on incursion to Hong Kong’s autonomy.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam have said that the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is an act to interfere in Hong Kong’s internal matter and would not allow United States to be a stakeholder to Hong Kong’s affairs.While it is widely believed that the new bill, if it becomes an act, would anger Beijing, it is said that US President Donald J. Trump is least bothered about Hong Kong protests.
It has been three months since Hong Kong have been reeling under protests. The Hong Kong protests that began as anti-extradition agitation, later, became a full-fledged movement asking for more freedom and democracy. The extradition bill was first suspended in June and later withdrawn early this month. Eminent Hong Kong watchers and experts had called the withdrawal as ‘ too little, too late’.
Now, Hong Kong protesters have marched in front of the US consulate in Hong Kong to seek support for the protests on humanitarian ground. Prominent democracy activists of Hong Kong , Joshua Wong and Kai Ping “Brian” Leung are also presently camping in US to seek support from the US.