(Washington, D.C.—Aug. 31, 2019) ChinaAid Founder and President Bob Fu and 25 other members of the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) issued a letter to President Donald Trump yesterday concerning the escalating tensions in Hong Kong.
The letter, announced in a press release from the Committee today, demands that the U.S. “immediately and publicly support the five demands of the Hong Kong protesters,” which include the withdrawal of an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to China for trial, the release of all protesters taken into custody for standing up against the bill and the immediate acquittal of all charges pressed against them, independent investigations into the legality of police behavior when confronting protesters, the cessation of characterizations of the protests as “riots,” and the “implementation of genuine universal suffrage.”
The letter also calls for the U.S. to immediately sanction Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, Secretary for Security John Lee, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Director of Hong Kong Liaison Office Wang Zhimin, and Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Stephen Lo.
The extradition bill was introduced earlier this year, sparking Hong Kong residents to take to the streets in protest. After witnessing the mass opposition to the bill, Lam temporarily withdrew it to make additional changes, but noted that she regretted that the Hong Kong people didn’t see it as necessary. However, China often targets religious practitioners and human rights activists, who are relatively protected by Hong Kong’s court system. As a result, many fear that if the bill passes, China may use it to arrest and prosecute those safeguarded by Hong Kong law.
To read the full letter, please click here.