Rep. Perry: Time to designate Hong Kong a free, ‘separate nation’

published on July 20, 2020

While lawmakers and activists are calling for international support of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong when America's john hines spoke to representative Scott Perry to learn more about Washington's efforts Pennsylvania congressman Scott Perry tells one

America news now that the Chinese Communist Party has broken its legal agreement to honor Hong Kong's freedoms it's time for the United States to designate Hong Kong an independent free nation

Obviously China's not living up to their agreement when I say China Beijing and the Communist Party so at this point since Beijing is not going to comply with their own agreement it's time for Hong Kong to be viewed as a separate

State a separate nation and and my legislation would do that would regard them that way regard them that way says Perry meaning that Hong Kong could operate autonomously and in the fashion they had been accustomed to before the

Imposition of a new national security law which hands the government almost unchecked legal power in the former British Crown Colony it's kind of like the straw that has broken the camel's back Beijing and the Communist Party

Have been derelict and keeping in the terms of the agreement for some time ever since it literally was signed they started actually walking away from the agreement at that time but this is the most egregious step by far and just

Simply is one that we cannot abide so it just happens to be timely and appropriate timely and appropriate just as the Trump administration has decertified Hong Kong for not being sufficiently autonomous from China has

Announced an end to the sale of military equipment and other technologies to Hong Kong as well as visa restrictions on Chinese officials considered responsible for limiting freedoms there and suspending preferential treatment and

Export license exceptions for Hong Kong now the next logical step could be to simply recognize Hong Kong as an independent city-state according to parry it's mine essence then recognized Hong Kong as a separate country kind of

A city-state similar perhaps to Singapore absolutely and that's that's actually the intent I mean we want to stand by the free people of the world and against the Communist Party of China and this is the clearest easiest path to

Do that and even if China refuses Beijing and the Communist Party refused to recognize it doesn't mean the rest of the world can't recognize it and then support it in that regard in the short run if you expect China is in bold and

Leadership to blink but in the long run the hope is that pressure from the administration and lawmakers like Perry on Capitol Hill will lead to change john hines one american news washington want to see

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