Congress adopts bills to support human rights in Hong Kong
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
The House overwhelmingly approved the bills Wednesday, a day after the Senate passed them on voice votes. The bills now go to the White House for the president’s signature.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses and requires an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong.
Another bill prohibits export to Hong Kong police of certain nonlethal “munitions,” including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannons, stun guns and tasers.
China has threatened to take unspecified, “strong countermeasures” if the bills are signed into law.