A team of U.S. senators urged President Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday to assess U.S. export guidelines for Hong Kong, expressing concern China may acquire delicate technologies due to town’s special treatment under U.S. law.
The Republican and Democratic legislators further showed concern about the use of crowd control gear against protesters, seeking to put stress on China after three months of street protests, along with often violent protests between demonstrators and police.
The letter requested for “detailed information” about the present status of the U.S. export management regime and an assessment, in writing or through a briefing, also an update on any interagency talks on improving U.S. export controls as a way to deal with what the senators described as “China’s continued depletion of Hong Kong’s liberty.”
The letter was accredited by the Republican chair and rating Democrat on the Foreign Relations Panel, Senators Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, and their equivalents on the Banking Panel, Republican Mike Crapo, and Sherrod Brown.
It was further signed by Republican Senators Cory Gardner, Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio, and Democrats Ed Markey, Jack Reed, and Ben Cardin.
Hong Kong came back under Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one nation, two governments” formula that ensures rights not enjoyed on the mainland. However, many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is firmly eroding that freedom.
Weeks of rallies over a now withdrawn extradition bill have become a broader backlash against the government and better calls for democracy.