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H. RES. 667
Expressing support for freedom in Hong Kong.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 9, 2004
Mr. Cox (for himself, Mr. Lantos, Mr. Kennedy of Minnesota, Mr.
Sessions, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Markey, Mr. Burton of Indiana, and Mr.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida) submitted the following resolution;
which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
Expressing support for freedom in Hong Kong.
Whereas according to the April 1, 2004, report by the Department of State
entitled U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act Report, ``The United States has
strong interests in the protection of human rights and the promotion of
democratic institutions throughout the world. The Hong Kong people share
many values and interests with Americans and have worked to make Hong
Kong a model of what can be achieved in a society based on the rule of
law and respect for civil liberties'';
Whereas according to section 103(3) of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of
1992 (22 U.S.C. 5713(3)), ``The United States should continue to treat
Hong Kong as a territory which is fully autonomous from the United
Kingdom and, after June 30, 1997, should treat Hong Kong as a territory
which is fully autonomous from the People's Republic of China with
respect to economic and trade matters.'';
Whereas the People's Republic of China has frustrated the gradual and orderly
process toward universal suffrage and the democratic election of the
legislature and chief executive in Hong Kong as envisioned by the Basic
Law of the Hong Kong SAR; and
Whereas on April 6, 2004, the Standing Committee of the National People's
Congress of the People's Republic of China declared itself, as opposed
to the people of Hong Kong, the final arbiter of democratic reform and,
on April 26, 2004, declared that universal suffrage would not apply to
the election of the third Chief Executive in 2007 or to the election of
all members of the fourth Legislative Council in 2008: Now, therefore,
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) declares that the people of Hong Kong should be free to
determine the pace and scope of constitutional developments;
(2) calls upon the President of the United States to--
(A) call upon the People's Republic of China, the
National People's Congress, and any groups appointed by
the Government of the People's Republic of China to
guarantee that all revisions of Hong Kong law reflect
the wishes of the people of Hong Kong as expressed
through a fully democratically elected legislature and
(B) declare that the continued lack of a fully
democratically elected legislature in Hong Kong is
contrary to the vision of democracy set forth in the
Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the
Government of the People's Republic of China on the
Question of Hong Kong, done at Beijing on December 19,
1984 (the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984); and
(C) call upon the Government of the People's
Republic of China to honor its treaty obligations under
the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984.
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