The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that sanctions banks and officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who are involved in the repression of Hong Kong citizens who defend their autonomy.

In keeping with their continued support for the Hong Kong people, the legislators unanimously determined that the CCP’s new law violates the international treaty allowing the prosperous city certain fundamental rights, Reuters reported on July 1. 

Hong Kong obtained from the United Kingdom an independent judiciary, freedom of speech, press, and assembly, and “universal suffrage” to elect the chief executive and legislative council.

The United Kingdom ceded sovereignty of Hong Kong to the CCP in 1997 by an international treaty, which swore to respect the rights enjoyed by the Hong Kong people, but the CCP recently passed a national security law that violates all these concessions.

Thus, the Hong Kong people are subject to the totalitarian dictates of the CCP like all other Chinese, a situation that the Hong Kong people vehemently reject despite the violent repression they are subjected to.

The CCP law creates a national security office in Hong Kong, to confront subversion of state power, terrorism, separatism, and collusion with foreign forces.

On the first day of the controversial law, which came into force on July 1, an estimated 380 demonstrators were arrested, some of whom suffered extreme violence at the hands of the police.

In addition to the United States, several countries are seeking ways to support the Hong Kong people.

The United Kingdom is considering granting residency to nearly 3 million of them, while Australia is also studying the possibility of receiving them. Many of them have already emigrated to Taiwan.

The bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives will go to the Senate and then be ratified by U.S. President Donald Trump before being implemented.

This bill will added to other legislation that seeks to dissuade the CCP from abolishing the autonomy enjoyed by Hong Kong.