A new voice for Hong Kong.
The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, witnessed and accepted by the international community, including the US and the United Nations, promised that basic freedoms, the rule of law, and autonomy in Hong Kong would remain unchanged under the “one country, two systems” model.
The Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law enshrine the city’s “high degree of autonomy,” guaranteeing rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, “including those of the person, of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of travel, of movement, of correspondence, of strike, of choice of occupation, of academic research and of religious belief.”
These guarantees are now at risk.
In 1992, the United States Congress enacted The Hong Kong Policy Act demonstrating its strong commitment to Hong Kong’s democracy and freedoms and its acceptance of China’s invitation to treat Hong Kong as a separate entity in terms of trade, investment, commerce, immigration, and other cultural and educational relations.
Hong Kongers need a consistent voice in Washington pushing the US to uphold its commitment to Hong Kong’s basic freedoms and autonomy and to preserve the US’s own political and economic interests in Hong Kong.
Now, more than ever, we need a powerful, unified, hopeful voice for Hong Kong in DC.