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President Donald Trump has signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law — a bill sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) that will be welcomed by pro-democracy protesters.
Smith said the law makes it clear that the U.S. stands in solidarity with the citizens of Hong Kong.
“The enactment of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act—which was expected and greatly welcomed—makes it abundantly clear that the Trump Administration, the United States Congress, and the American people stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong,” said Smith. “Xi Jining should understand that the US is not kidding about human rights. Beating, torturing and jailing of democracy activists is wrong and this historic legislation lets China know that respecting fundamental human rights is paramount.
Smith says that if China loses trading benefits as a ramification of abusing power would be a “catastrophic blow” to the export economy.
“Tragically, under President Xi Jinping, human rights abuse throughout China has significantly worsened including the pervasive use of torture, religious persecution , human trafficking and genocide against Muslim Uighurs,” Smith said. “We have always believed that every person in China deserves better than the brutality so many endure and the systematic violations of their universally recognized human rights.”