“We write to you at a critical moment for freedom and American interests in the Far East,” the Aug. 30 open letter issued by the Committee on the Present Danger: China began.
“The people of Hong Kong are struggling to preserve the liberties and autonomy that the People’s Republic of China promised to respect when the territory ceased to be a British colony.
“We have an opportunity to help them do so,” the 26 committee members who signed the letter said.
Founded in late March by a group of national security experts, business leaders, China critics, and human rights advocates, the committee has consistently sounded alarms about the dangers that the Chinese communist regime has posed by waging cyber, military, political, and economic warfare against the United States.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, was transferred to China under the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1997 according to the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement, which guarantees the city a high degree of freedom that mainlander Chinese do not enjoy.
However, critics have remained skeptical as to whether the totalitarian CCP would honor the agreement.
The extradition bill, which would have put anyone on Hong Kong soil under the CCP’s jurisdiction, seems to have been the last straw for many Hongkongers who have witnessed the increasing influence of mainland politics into their city in recent years. This has reignited a wider call for greater civil rights and universal suffrage.