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US Senate unanimously passes Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

In a show of solidarity with pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong, the US Senate has unanimously passed a legislation that would force the Trump administration to assess whether political unrest in the vital global financial hub justify changing its unique treatment under the US law. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 that was passed on Tuesday would also require the Secretary of State to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong still retains enough autonomy to warrant the special US trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial center. The US treats semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which has its own legal and political systems, differently from the Chinese mainland when it comes to trade and export controls. The bill - if it becomes law - will demand greater scrutiny of the city s special status The bill, which among other things prohibit the commercial export of certain munitions to the Communist party-controlled Hong Kong Police Force, would ...


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