Congress offers bipartisan support of Hong Kong protesters

Washington Examiner

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday blasted government forces in China for failing to honor promises made to the people of Hong Kong nearly 20 years ago. They sided with the massive pro-democracy movement that has taken hold of the country’s small, supposedly autonomous region.

“We stand in total solidarity with the [protesters],” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said in response to a question from the Washington Examinerduring a conference call.

The Republican congressman currently serves as the co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

“When [sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to China] in July 1997, the declaration established a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong, except in matters of foreign affairs and defense,” he said.

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