WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan resolution on Friday condemning actions by the Chinese government and local authorities in Hong Kong that they said violated rights and freedoms in the city. The resolution adds to growing calls in the US Congress for President Joe Biden‘s administration to pressure Communist Party rulers in Beijing to respect human rights. House of Representatives lawmakers reintroduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless certified not to be produced by forced labor, and allow new sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the abuses. against Uighur Muslims. The main sponsors of the Hong Kong resolution introduced on Friday include Representative Greg Meeks, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the panel. Critics see a broad national security law imposed by Beijing in June 2020 as a forceful tool to suppress dissent and curb media and other freedoms in the former British colony of Hong Kong, which has returned to Chinese rule. in 1997. The law requires tougher regulation and supervision. The government says that Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms, guaranteed by the handover agreement, remain intact. Since the law was introduced, many prominent pro-democracy activists and politicians have been arrested, while some songs and slogans have been banned, along with anything that could be considered political activity in schools. The resolution introduced on Friday encourages the Biden administration to work with other countries to hold the Chinese government to account and to pressure US companies to be aware of the risks that Chinese national security legislation poses to security, citizens and long-term business interests of the United States.
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