Senate On The Verge Of Revoking Diplomatic Privileges From Hong Kong After CCP Takeover

( – A bill titled the “Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Certification Act” was approved by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on July 13. The bill proposes to revoke the current diplomatic and economic privileges being provided by the U.S. to Hong Kong.

The bill comes after China took control of Hong Kong, a former British colony that operated independently of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing, via its security law that effectively outlawed the city’s ability to govern itself.

The bill was introduced in a bipartisan fashion by Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon. The bill aims to withdraw all economic and diplomatic support from Hong Kong due to the fact that the city can no longer function as an independent state. The bill was passed by the Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously.

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for a full vote, and a similar version of the bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives. If a majority of the Senate agrees to pass the bill, it will then face a vote in the House of Representatives. Once the bill has passed both houses of Congress, it will then head to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

If the bill is signed into law, the president will be required to decide within 30 days whether the current privileges and diplomatic immunities of Hong Kong’s offices in Washington, San Francisco and New York should be extended. If Biden decides that they aren’t, Hong Kong will have to close their offices in six months.

However, if Biden decides to allow Hong Kong’s offices to remain operational, Congress can veto his decision with a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and House. Both Senators Rubio and Merkley urged for the bill to be passed due to Hong Kong’s offices becoming conduits for the CCP’s political and economic agenda.

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