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house Bill H. Res. 422

Should the House Call For China to Honor its Commitments to Hong Kong’s Autonomy?

Argument in favor

When the British government handed Hong Kong over to the Chinese government, it did so after China committed to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy. China has fallen short of fulfilling those obligations, and the House is right to call them out on it.

Taylor's Opinion
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10/31/2017
The House of Representative can call upon China to uphold its legal commitment as much as it wants. It has little to no affect as the ability to affect foreign policy belong to the Presidency and other world leaders. Now if President Trump were to call on China to live up to its commitments at the urging of Congress, and to get other world leaders to join with him in doing so, then China may actually respond.
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Michael's Opinion
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10/30/2017
China made a commitment to let Hong Kong manage and maintain itself, it should do so. China should be fine without Hong Kong, they already steal American ideas, remake it horribly, then push it out for sale.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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10/31/2017
Sometimes I do not understand the American people. We preach to have a free and open market, to hold our ideals of Democracy and Freedom over the heads of the world’s population, to judge foreign countries that become dictatorial and repressive. BUT when it comes to a country that was once apart of a great and noble empire, that handed its conquered territory back to the Chinese government under the agreement of a two system, one country position of rights and freedom, we stand back and watch as nothing happens. The UN is not encouraged to act because the UN has no authority regardless. The United Kingdom has called the People’s Republic of China out on their repressive manners and although a resolution would mean very little diplomatically, it means more internationally as one of the champions of Freedom and Liberty. The people of the United States cry foul when President Trump brands the media as fake news, but when thousands of people in another country are being repressed into a regime they had no choice to be a part is a shame on our Republic ideals. Pass the resolution, and although people do not realize this, it is Congress’ main job to deal with international politics and affairs, and to falter on this would break the foundation the Constitution originally set out to do.
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Argument opposed

While calling on China’s government to honor the commitments to the autonomy of Hong Kong it made is a nice idea, this resolution is non-binding and wouldn’t incentivize China to follow through.

IllWill's Opinion
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10/31/2017
Why are we getting involved in the internal affairs of China? This not something that we should be concerning ourselves with. This is an issue that China and the UK need to deal with. We also have very little moral authority in this matter anyway since the U.S. has been invading countries and toppling democratically-elected governments all across the world. We don’t seem to respect the autonomy of other nations either.
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Gary's Opinion
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10/31/2017
Maybe I am missing something but why should we as a nation become involved in what appears to be the sovereign concerns of Hong Kong, China, and England? It does not appear to be an issue of civil rights, and I do not recall any of those countries asking that we become involved. If any outside agency should be speaking up, it should be the U.N. Shouldn’t the U.N. be earning its dues in this issue? ( that’s a rhetorical question: I suppose there’s a first time for everything. )
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AndrewLinder's Opinion
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10/30/2017
This is not an American affair, and should not be treated as such.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed November 1st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation
    IntroducedJune 29th, 2017

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    The House of Representative can call upon China to uphold its legal commitment as much as it wants. It has little to no affect as the ability to affect foreign policy belong to the Presidency and other world leaders. Now if President Trump were to call on China to live up to its commitments at the urging of Congress, and to get other world leaders to join with him in doing so, then China may actually respond.
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    Why are we getting involved in the internal affairs of China? This not something that we should be concerning ourselves with. This is an issue that China and the UK need to deal with. We also have very little moral authority in this matter anyway since the U.S. has been invading countries and toppling democratically-elected governments all across the world. We don’t seem to respect the autonomy of other nations either.
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    Maybe I am missing something but why should we as a nation become involved in what appears to be the sovereign concerns of Hong Kong, China, and England? It does not appear to be an issue of civil rights, and I do not recall any of those countries asking that we become involved. If any outside agency should be speaking up, it should be the U.N. Shouldn’t the U.N. be earning its dues in this issue? ( that’s a rhetorical question: I suppose there’s a first time for everything. )
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    This is not an American affair, and should not be treated as such.
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    It was an agreement between China 🇨🇳 and Great Britain 🇬🇧. I think we should stay out if it. Sounds to me if the UN doesn’t seem to be discouraged, why should we.
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    Don’t waste our money on other people’s problems.
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    China made a commitment to let Hong Kong manage and maintain itself, it should do so. China should be fine without Hong Kong, they already steal American ideas, remake it horribly, then push it out for sale.
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    Who precisely elected the USA ruler. of the entire world? My beloved country is so far from perfect it breaks my heart. We imprison people out of racism, destroy the planet while denying science, pursue instead of helping our homeless and punish the illness of drug addiction. While the majority of Americans are struggling financially, losing safety nets, anxious and afraid, we tell China what to do and how to do it?
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    Let’s take care of our own problems… We need to stop meddling in other countries’ business.
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    With all due respect, Mr. Engel there are pressing issues in New York State, USA. please legalize cannabis. The fake legalization of medical marijuana in NYS has left many sick people without care. And real compassion relegated to the shadows
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    This is an internal responsibility of China, where civil rights are not violated. Our credibility is even less as the U.S. has turned its back on our Puerto Rican territory at this time of great suffering.
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    This should be between Britain and China. Not U.S.
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    This is not even close to being our problem.
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    Stay out of China affairs. So stupid.
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    None of our business!
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    Who are we that we should deem ourselves fit to dictate the foreign policy to others? Your sense of entitlement is astonishing ❗️And your lack of integrity is beyond sickening. 🐍We DON’T even provide basic human rights for our own citizens let alone dictate what China 🇨🇳 does. 🚥Stay out of it, you lot have caused enough foreign policy messes. 🛑 We certainly don’t need to give China or any other country more reason for war.
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    No. The United Kingdom should not extend past the cultural influence that it has and allow Hong Kong’s SAR status to be explored more by the PRC government. Furthermore, there is no reason for the US to take action on this
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    Because we have nothing better to worry about right now....
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    Why bother. Hong Kong 🇭🇰 has been eaten by its parent, China. I certainly regret that Hong Kong’s citizens will lose its quasi-democracy, but year after year, the communists have smothered freedom. Just because the House passes this resolution, its meaning will never leave the Rotunda’s hallowed marble. I will place this resolution into the same coffin I place all politicians broken promises to be buried in the crypt of history.
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    It is not up to us to interfere here. Hong Kong was never under US jurisdiction. The agreements made did not involve the U.s
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