17 October, 2019
The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted legislation-the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" supporting the "Pro-Democracy" movement in Hong Kong threatening to revoke its special economic status. This step angered China which threatened countermeasures. Lawmakers also approved a measure that would ban the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other
equipment that have been used by security forces to suppress protests.
The protests of 2014 were about getting the universal suffrage that Hong Kong was promised in the Basic Law, the constitution that lays out how the city is to be governed after its return from Britain to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
IMPLICATIONS OF THE BILL:
Source: THE HINDU
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