Divide between Trump and Congress on Hong Kong

Protesters standing next to barricades at Hong Kong Baptist University in Kowloon Tong area, in Hong Kong, on Nov 13, 2019. Meanwhile, US senators are doubling their efforts to push for a vote on the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
Protesters standing next to barricades at Hong Kong Baptist University in Kowloon Tong area, in Hong Kong, on Nov 13, 2019. Meanwhile, US senators are doubling their efforts to push for a vote on the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The US should suspend Hong Kong's special legal status in the event that China deploys its armed forces to intervene in Hong Kong, a congressional body recommended in an annual report released yesterday.

"The future direction of Hong Kong - and with it US-Hong Kong policy - will rest upon the outcome of the anti-extradition Bill protest movement and the extent to which the Hong Kong government and Beijing respect the aspirations of Hong Kong citizens," said the US-China Economic Security and Review Commission, which monitors the national security implications of America's ties with China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'Divide between Trump and Congress on Hong Kong'. Print Edition | Subscribe