Nov 09 2016
Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Co-Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, issued the following statement today regarding the Chinese government’s unprecedented decision to intervene in an active court case involving two young Hong Kong politicians—Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching—elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council in September on platforms calling for democratic self-determination for Hong Kong:
“Beijing's recent actions in Hong Kong are unprecedented, and should send chills down the spines of people who care about promoting democratic governance in Hong Kong by preserving its independent legal system,” said Rubio. “In blocking two democratically elected politicians from taking office, China has sent the undeniable signal that Hong Kong’s cherished ‘high degree of autonomy’ has limits, and those limits are whatever the Communist Party in China decides.
“China’s recent actions are not only troubling for the people of Hong Kong who yearn for greater electoral representation, democratic reform, protection of human rights and a legal system that functions independent of mainland interference, but also for international businesses and investors who have long viewed Hong Kong as a desirable center for trade and finance. Beijing’s actions are outrageous and have rightly prompted many Hong Kong residents, including thousands of lawyers, law students, and activists to take to the streets in peaceful protest recognizing the gravity of what is at stake. The United States should stand firmly with their right to express themselves in this manner and oppose any efforts by the Chinese government to crush or suppress dissent.”