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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jul 20, 2020

Why support HKDC?

According to a recent New York Times report, TikTok spends $100,000/month for 15 K-Street lobbyists to get 50 meetings with congressional staff for the first three months of 2020.

Since September 2019, HKDC has held more meetings (371), for less than 1/10 of the cost, and without a single "pay-for-play" K-Street lobbyist.

We are just an army of US-Hong Kongers.

And we are winning against the CCP, big tech companies, and their K Street lobbyists.

We don't know how to lose because we are Hong Kongers.

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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jul 15, 2020

Trump Adopts HKDC’s Priorities in Executive Order on Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2020) – HKDC has proposed and advocated several vital policies and executive actions to the Administration and Congress including sanctioning CCP and Hong Kong officials and banks, giving refugee status to Hong Kongers and suspending the US-Hong Kong extradition treaty. In the full text of the executive order on Hong Kong released shortly after the President’s press conference, the Administration adopted and approved all the major policy priorities proposed and advocated by HKDC, specifically:

Suspension of US’ extradition to Hong Kong:

“(e) give notice of intent to suspend the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Hong Kong for the Surrender of Fugitive Offenders (TIAS 98-121);

(f) give notice of intent to terminate the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Hong Kong for the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (TIAS 99-418);”

Refugee protection for Hong Kongers:

“(k) reallocate admissions within the refugee ceiling set by the annual Presidential Determination to residents of Hong Kong based on humanitarian concerns, to the extent feasible and consistent with applicable law;”

Additional sanctions against individuals:

“to be or have been involved, directly or indirectly, in the coercing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning of individuals under the authority of, or to be or have been responsible for or involved in developing, adopting, or implementing, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Administrative Region”

HKDC applauds the adoption of the above HKDC proposed priorities by the President and we urge the Administration to work with HKDC and Congress to pass legislation giving new protections to Hong Kongers fleeing and facing political persecution – as proposed in the bipartisan Hong Kong Freedom and Choice Act and Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act, as well as the bipartisan Hong Kong amendment to the NDAA led by Rep. Curtis and Rep. Malinowski. This legislation currently in Congress, if enacted, would maintain Hong Kong’s autonomy status for the purposes of immigration – a critical lifeline for Hong Kongers now the city’s special status has been revoked.

America must hold the CCP accountable, and America must never abandon the people of Hong Kong.

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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jul 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2020) – Over the past months, HKDC has proposed and advocated several vital policies and executive actions to the Administration and Congress including sanctioning CCP and Hong Kong officials and banks, giving refugee and protective status to Hong Kongers and suspending the US-Hong Kong extradition treaty.

Today, in a Press Conference in the Rose Garden, President Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law. The new law toughens and broadens sanctions that are part of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, enacted last November. It would mandate sanctions for “repeated” offenders who have contributed to the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy, including banks that have conducted significant businesses and transactions with those individuals and entities. The President also signed an executive order revoking Hong Kong’s special status under the 1992 Hong Kong Policy Act, following up on the previous announcement just weeks ago.

Nearly 10,000 protesters have been arrested in Hong Kong since June 2019. Under the new National Security Law, everyday Hong Kongers have been arrested for merely shouting, displaying, or possessing articles that contain slogans deemed by the government to threaten national security.

For months, HKDC and bipartisan leaders in Congress have called on the President to take concrete actions. Today’s announcements by the Administration could not have come sooner for a city and people under siege – and we hope they are not too little, too late.

This weekend, more than 600,000 Hong Kongers waited in long lines, faced intimidation and harassment, and voted in the “Democrats 35+” Legislative Council primaries for pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong – it is a clear sign that the people of Hong Kong have not given up on a free and democratic future.

More must be done to hold the CCP accountable – the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and the executive order revoking Hong Kong’s special status are important steps toward ensuring that the CCP, Hong Kong government and corporations, especially financial institutions, will not continue to profit off the gross violations and suppression by the CCP. HKDC will continue to advocate sanctions and stronger regulations of global and US-based companies who are choosing profit over human rights.

If the CCP will not honor its promise to Hong Kong, then China should not be able to profit through Hong Kong.

And if the CCP will not honor its promise to even its own Hong Kong people, then what reasons do we have to believe it will honor its agreements with the US and the rest of the world?

We hope today’s announcement will not be empty words and threats. HKDC look forward to more detailed plans from the administration. The people of Hong Kong need real actions. I urge Congress and the Administration to look into additional sanctions and regulations that would target China's economy and US-based businesses complicit in CCP's global aggression.

For so many of us, Hong Kongers overseas, we have lost our birthplace and homeland overnight. I could not return to Hong Kong today without risking arrest, secret trial, extradition, and a potential life sentence just because I have spoken out for Hong Kong’s future, the rule of law and freedoms.

Yet we will persevere - Hong Kong might not be a free city today, but we believe that it will be free again.”

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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jul 11, 2020

Are you an international student in the US? Know someone who is?

Have questions about the recent ICE announcement?

The ICE announcement stating that international students must take classes in-person to stay in the country legally during a pandemic will result in lasting harm to students from every corner of the world and higher education institutions of all shapes and sizes in the US.

HKDC is working with students, federal and state officials, university and college administrators, and legal partners to make sure NO students will be forced to abandon their academic pursuits at a US institution or to travel home during a global pandemic.

All are welcome – regardless of nationality or program of study.

Your contact information will only be used to create an invitation for the online session.

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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jul 10, 2020

Protect Americans.

Support Hong Kongers.

Join the call for the US to immediately suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

https://hkdc.us/nohkextradition/


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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jul 01, 2020

Three HKDC leaders will testify in front of House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning:

Mr. Nathan Law, Advisory Board Convener

Mr. Lee Cheuk Yan, Advisory Board Member

Mr. Brian Leung Kai-Ping

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/

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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jun 30, 2020

“Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act” (Rep. Curtis, Castro, Gallagher, Sherman, Cheney, Rouda, Yoho, and Suozzi)

“Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act” (Rep. Malinowski, Kinzinger, Curtis, McGovern, Phillips, Lowenthal)

Both bills include HKDC-championed measures that could provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS), refugee, competitive visas, or expedited “green cards” to qualifying Hong Kong residents

WASHINGTON, DC (June 30, 2020) – Over the past months, HKDC has proposed and promoted a number of policies to the Administration and Congress that if enacted, would provide Hong Kong residents, who have a credible fear of political persecution and/or those with close personal and business ties in the US, immigration or refugee status and protection.

As the Chinese government continues on its path to strip away Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms, the US is taking steps to make sure that any and all Hong Kong residents fleeing political persecution is welcome in America. Just last Friday, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress announced a draft outline of the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the proposed law will effectively give the Beijing government direct, unfettered and unlimited jurisdiction and law enforcement to suppress dissent and protest under the guise of “national security”.

The two bi-partisan bills being introduced include provisions and designations championed by HKDC, including:

1.Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hong Kongers: Provide Hong Kong residents who are in the US at the time of the designation, to remain in the US legally and obtain work permits.

2.Maintains Hong Kong’s status as autonomous for the purposes of immigration: For not less than 5 years from such time as the President suspends, in whole or in part, special treatment of Hong Kong under U.S. law, Hong Kong will continue to be considered a separate foreign state apart from the PRC.

3.Designates certain Hong Kongers as “Priority 2” refugees: The act would, using standards defined in the “Lautenberg Amendment”, designate Hong Kongers who have a credible fear of persecution and who have strong personal, family, or business ties in the US as refugees.

4.Provides special immigration status for certain high-skilled Hong Kongers: Competitive visas for residents of Hong Kong who have received a graduate diploma from an accredited institution, have completed undergraduate education in the United States, or is the sole or majority owner of a company with more than 50 direct employees or greater than $5 million in assets.

5.Expedites Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR or ‘green card’) status Hong Kongers residing in the US: Modeled after the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992, it would allow Hong Kong residents (including students) who are residing in the US during the 5 year period beginning with June 1, 2019, and have a credible fear of political persecution to apply for a “green card”.

In response, HKDC releases the following statement by Samuel Chu, Managing Director:

“Both of these bills, and Senate companions, are natural extensions of America’s commitment and promise to safeguard the freedoms and autonomy of Hong Kong. As the world witnesses the collapse of ‘one country, two systems’ in real-time, and present threat of CCP turning Hong Kong into an authoritarian police state under the new national security law – the US and the rest of the world must protect Hong Kongers who are facing arrest, extradition, secret trial, imprisonment, and even torture for exercising their basic freedoms.

The protest movement in Hong Kong has inspired the world – America not only has a long tradition of serving as a refuge for those fleeing political persecution, the US also shares deep social, cultural and economic ties with the people of Hong Kong.

For many who have had public and frontline roles in the protest of the past year, these protections could mean the difference between continuing to fight for Hong Kong here in the US or life sentences as political prisoners in China – for some – they could mean the difference between life and death.

One of the most unique features of the US-Hong Kong relationship is Hong Kong’s autonomous status for the purposes of immigration. HKDC strongly supports maintaining that status even if the US suspend or revoke Hong Kong’s special status under the 1992 Hong Kong Policy Act.

Beyond sheltering those who are in immediate danger of persecution, the proposed measures would also target talented individuals – those with college degrees, who are high-skilled, or own businesses. Welcoming them to America is not only the right thing to do, but it also strengthens the hand of the US in the global competition for economic and human capitals, scientific and technological innovations against China.”

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Update posted by Samuel Chu On Jun 29, 2020

HKDC leaders and pro-democracy activists to testify despite the imminent approval and implementation of new National Security Law in Hong Kong by Beijing that would criminalize such act as “colluding” with foreign powers

WASHINGTON, DC (June 29, 2020) HKDC's Mr. Lee Cheuk Yan and Mr. Brian Leung Kai-Ping will testify in front of US Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 9:30 am ET. The hearing will be conducted and can be viewed online via the Committee’s website. Also joining the witness panel is Prof. Carole J. Petersen, University of Hawaii.

The full committee hearing, “The End of One Country, Two Systems?: Implications of Beijing’s National Security Law in Hong Kong”, comes amidst wide expectations that the CCP will approve and immediately impose new National Security Law before or on July 1 that would criminalize free speech and protest in Hong Kong.

Link to Hearing announcement here:

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/2020/7/the-end-of-one-country-two-systems-implications-of-beijing-s-national-security-law-in-hong-kong

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