Politics US House approves Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, with Senate vote next

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    The US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation in support of human rights in Hong Kong on Tuesday, moving the bill a significant step closer to becoming law. Lawmakers also approved a bill that blocks the export of crowd control equipment such as tear gas to Hong Kong authorities.

    Returning after a two-week recess, the lower chamber of Congress approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, a bill that Beijing considers an attempt to interfere in China’s internal affairs and contain the country’s rise.

    The bill passed the House on a voice vote.

    Introduced in June by Representative Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, the bill would require the US government to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify Washington changing its treatment of the city as a separate trading entity from the Chinese mainland.

    Read more here. (South China Morning Post)

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