A man waves an American flag at a protest rally in Hong Kong on Monday as demonstrators called on US lawmakers to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Photo: AFP

US House okays Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as Beijing strongly condemns move

  • The bill will require the US to determine if political developments in Hong Kong justify changing the city’s treatment as a separate trading entity
  • Beijing accuses US lawmakers of ‘political plot’ to hold China back, Hong Kong officials express regret over passage of act
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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A man waves an American flag at a protest rally in Hong Kong on Monday as demonstrators called on US lawmakers to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Photo: AFP
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Randall Schriver, US assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security affairs, at a news briefing in May. On Tuesday, he spoke of China’s “erosion of the things that were promised the people of Hong Kong”. Photo: US Department of Defence

Pentagon official says US is concerned by ‘heavier hand Beijing has taken’ in Hong Kong

  • Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security affairs, cites trend toward ‘less autonomy, more influence from Beijing’
  • His comments come as US House passes bill to sanction Chinese officials deemed responsible for ‘undermining basic freedoms in Hong Kong’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Randall Schriver, US assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security affairs, at a news briefing in May. On Tuesday, he spoke of China’s “erosion of the things that were promised the people of Hong Kong”. Photo: US Department of Defence
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