I wrote the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, which extended special privileges to Hong Kong because of its unique status. Beijing must know the Senate will reconsider those privileges if Hong Kong’s autonomy is eroded.
The people of Hong Kong are demonstrating for the freedoms and autonomy that have made their city a global success. Beijing should pause before threatening a key engine of its growth and provoking the international community.
The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as Beijing tries to encroach on their autonomy and freedom. Any violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable. As I have said on the Senate floor: The world is watching.