March 23, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators led by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in introducing a resolution condemning the Chinese government’s ongoing crackdown against democracy and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong as well as Beijing’s violation of the commitments it made in the legally binding international treaty, known as the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. The resolution also calls on the U.S. government to respond by using all diplomatic and economic tools to punish Beijing, including targeted sanctions and measures contained in the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 (P.L. 116-149). The resolution further urges the U.S. to review the CCP’s violations of its treaty obligations to Hong Kong as it contemplates any future agreements with Beijing and urges the International Olympic Committee to consider moving the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China due to the government’s ongoing human rights violations.
They were also joined by Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
“I am glad to join this resolution condemning the Chinese government for their ongoing crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy,” Inhofe said. “In 1997, Hong Kongers were promised they could keep their autonomy, democratic government and capitalist economy for 50 years. Now, the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing is blatantly violating the longstanding agreement by imposing what can only be called a heavy-handed communist rule – risking the lives and liberty of countless residents of Hong Kong. We must hold the CCP accountable for their actions. ”
“The CCP’s continued aggression against Hong Kong and its crushing of Hong Kong’s autonomy and basic freedoms must be met with international condemnation and strong countermeasures,” Rubio said. “Words are not enough. We must act with all of the diplomatic and economic tools available to hold CCP officials accountable. This includes urging the International Olympic Committee to move the Olympics out of China to a country more deserving of the honor of hosting the games.”
“The U.S. stands with Hong Kong in its fight for democracy and freedom,” Cardin said. “It is unacceptable that the Chinese government refuses to honor its agreement to the Hong Kong people made in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. We must continue to hold the government of China accountable and enact consequences for those who violate human rights.”