After the House passed legislation to penalize Chinese banks over Hong Kong security law, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on the Trump administration to take strong measures on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including visa limitations and economic penalties.
U.S. lawmakers in the House on Wednesday, July 1, passed by unanimous consent on the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. This bill would impose mandatory sanctions on banks that do business with CCP officials implementing The CCP’s national security law to crack down on Hong Kong protesters.
The passage of the measure came after the CCP enacted a national security law earlier this week to override Hong Kong’s judicial system, which is seen as undermining the city’s semi-autonomous status.
“The United States Congress on a bipartisan basis has long been united in our mission to hold Beijing accountable for its brutal crackdown against those peacefully demanding their rights and freedoms, including in Hong Kong,” Pelosi said on Wednesday.
Pelosi added that the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passed last year, together with the Hong Kong Autonomy Act is a crucial step toward ending the CCP’s accelerating campaign of suppression, intimidation, and cruelty waged against Hong Kong people.
Hong Kong’s one country, two systems under threat
“Today’s action is an urgently needed response to the cowardly Chinese government’s (CCP’s) passage of its so-called national security law, which threatens the end of the ‘one country, two systems’ promised exactly 23 years ago today,” Pelosi said. She added that all freedom-loving people must condemn the CCP’s horrific law, which is purpose-built to dismantle democratic freedoms in Hong Kong.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pelosi made an unusual appearance at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the situation in Hong Kong, where she blasted the CCP over the dangerous law.
“The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised,” the House speaker said.
In her statement, Pelosi also urged President Donald Trump to take action against the CCP. “The House continues to urge President Trump to take strong, strategic action to hold Chinese officials accountable, including through the sanctions set out in this legislation and in the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.”
“We must consider every tool at our disposal, including visa limitations and economic penalties, to keep alive the hopes for freedom, justice, and real autonomy for the people of Hong Kong,” she continued.
The House’s bill now heads to the Senate before being sent to President Trump to sign into law or veto.