U.S. Home to try fast passage of Hong Kong human rights invoice

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A protester is escorted by medical employees out of the Hong Kong Polytechnic College (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China, November 20, 2019. Information/Adnan Abidi

WASHINGTON (Information) – The U.S. Home of Representatives on Wednesday will try and shortly go laws unanimously accepted by the Senate that goals to guard human rights in Hong Kong amid a pro-democracy motion there, a senior Home aide mentioned.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, advised Information the invoice handed on Tuesday by the Senate can be dropped at the Home flooring for passage. Republican Senator Marco Rubio was a important sponsor of the Senate-passed invoice.

If the measure passes the Home and is signed into legislation by President Donald Trump, it could request Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to certify a minimum of every year that Hong Kong retains sufficient autonomy to qualify for particular U.S. buying and selling consideration that bolsters its standing as a world monetary heart.

It additionally would offer for sanctions in opposition to officers liable for human rights violations in Hong Kong.

The White Home didn’t present a right away response on whether or not the president supposed to signal or veto the laws.

A U.S. official mentioned not too long ago that no resolution had been made, however the unanimous vote within the Senate, the place Trump’s fellow Republicans maintain a majority of seats, may make a veto tougher for the president.

In Beijing on Wednesday, China condemned the invoice’s passage, and vowed robust counter-measures to safeguard its sovereignty and safety.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle; Modifying by Richard Chang