Future of Democracy in Hong Kong, Hearing Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, November 20, 2014   [open pdf - 490KB]

This is the November 20, 2014 hearing "Future of Democracy in Hong Kong" held before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the opening statement of Sherrod Brown: "The People's Republic of China made a promise to the international community and to the people of Hong Kong that they would enjoy certain freedoms and could freely elect their leaders. It is those freedoms and autonomy that have ensured Hong Kong's--in many ways--miraculous stability and prosperity. But now the People's Republic of China is backtracking on these promises, not only that, some in China are seeking to distract from this issue by claiming that the United States is behind these protests. No straight right-thinking person really believes that, although that continues to be put out in some quarters, apparently, of the Chinese Government. The desire of the people of Hong Kong for freedom and for democracy is genuine. By holding this hearing, we urge China to respect their calls for democracy and to make good on its promise." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Patten, Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Mark P. Lagon, and Richard C. Bush.

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