'A Free, Vibrant, and Democratic Hong Kong is in the Interest of
the United States'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the Chinese governments new interpretation
of the Basic Law concerning Hong Kongs political status:
"The Chinese government's ruling is Beijing's latest effort
to rein in Hong Kong's democracy movement and undermines the very
principle of 'One Country, Two Systems.' Beijing's interpretation
of the Basic Law confirms our worst fears -- that it intends to
deny the people of Hong Kong the right to choose their own leaders.
The people of Hong Kong have bravely demonstrated their support
for democracy by taking to the streets last year by the hundreds
of thousands and by the continued willingness of leaders to speak
out in spite of being branded 'unpatriotic.'
"We stand with them in their fight for universal suffrage.
A free, vibrant, and democratic Hong Kong is in the interest of
the United States and the greater world community. Beijing's action
is a step backward for the people of Hong Kong, a step backward
for the rule of law, and a step backward for freedom and democracy."
Current Presss Releases