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116th CONGRESS
  2d Session
H. RES. 974

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Hong Kong 
   national security law proposed by the Government of the People's 
  Republic of China would violate the obligations of that Government 
 under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic 
Law, and calling upon all free countries of the world to stand with the 
                          people of Hong Kong.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              May 22, 2020

  Mr. Gallagher (for himself, Ms. Cheney, Mr. Yoho, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. 
      Hurd of Texas, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Banks, Mr. Riggleman, Mr. 
Reschenthaler, Mr. Roy, Mr. Hill of Arkansas, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Mullin, 
Mr. Perry, Mr. Posey, Mr. Wright, and Mr. Weber of Texas) submitted the 
 following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign 
                                Affairs

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                               RESOLUTION


 
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Hong Kong 
   national security law proposed by the Government of the People's 
  Republic of China would violate the obligations of that Government 
 under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic 
Law, and calling upon all free countries of the world to stand with the 
                          people of Hong Kong.

Whereas the Government of the People's Republic of China has proposed a new 
        national security law for Hong Kong that would ban secession, subversion 
        of state power, and foreign interference, as defined by the Government 
        of the People's Republic of China;
Whereas if it is passed, the Government of the People's Republic of China should 
        be expected to use this law to justify and facilitate an expanded 
        crackdown against peaceful protests and other forms of nonviolent 
        protest by the people of Hong Kong;
Whereas this proposed law constitutes a significant escalation in the campaign 
        by the Government of the People's Republic of China and its proxies in 
        Hong Kong to erase the basic liberties and human rights promised to the 
        people of Hong Kong under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and 
        the Hong Kong Basic Law;
Whereas the announcement by the Government of the People's Republic of China of 
        its intent to pass this new national security law reflects that 
        Government's fundamental opposition not only to the basic rights and 
        liberties of free persons championed by the people of Hong Kong and the 
        United States, but also to upholding its obligations under international 
        law; and
Whereas the efforts by the Government of the People's Republic of China to 
        silence peaceful protestors in Hong Kong are part and parcel of a 
        broader hegemonic vision that would see the Government of the People's 
        Republic of China impose its will upon all free people of Asia and 
        beyond: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives 
that--
            (1) the Hong Kong national security law proposed by the 
        Government of the People's Republic of China would violate the 
        legal obligations of that Government under--
                    (A) the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which 
                guarantees for 50 years the protection of the basic 
                rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, 
                including those of speech, press, assembly, 
                association, travel, movement, correspondence, and 
                strike; and
                    (B) the Hong Kong Basic Law, which reserves the 
                authority for enacting laws prohibiting treason, 
                secession, sedition, subversion, and foreign 
                interference to the Government of the Hong Kong Special 
                Administrative Region; and
            (2) the United States Government should use all diplomatic 
        means available, including targeted sanctions, to--
                    (A) dissuade the Government of the People's 
                Republic of China from passing the proposed Hong Kong 
                national security law;
                    (B) compel the Government of the People's Republic 
                of China to rescind the proposed Hong Kong national 
                security law, if it is passed; and
                    (C) rally all free nations to stand with the people 
                of Hong Kong against increasingly severe violations by 
                the Government of the People's Republic of China of the 
                rights and liberties guaranteed to them under the 1984 
                Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic 
                Law.
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