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ChiComs Mad: Congress Passes Hong Kong Human Rights Bills in Defiance of Chinese Government, Heads To Trump’s Desk

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a pro-Hong Kong human rights bill in the midst of President Donald Trump’s heated trade discussions with China.

This bill was approved by a vote count of 417-1 and aims to protect human rights in Hong Kong as Beijing has been exerting itself on the island during the last few months.

The Senate approve both legislative items unanimously and are now headed to Trump’s desk after their passage in the House. The White House has yet to indicate the president’s stance on the bills, but there could be problems along the way.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang declared that the Chinese government Beijing “condemns and firmly opposes” the first bill, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, according to a Reuters report.

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At the moment, Trump is walking a tight rope as he is busy negotiating the first piece of a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump would like to have a China trade victory to use during the 2020 campaign trail.

According to a source familiar with the matter, Trump is expected to sign the bills. With near unanimous support in both chambers of Congress, both bodies could override a potential Trump veto.

China’s response to ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong has gradually escalated. The first set of demonstrations started when the Hong Kong government proposed a bill that would have allowed for extraditions to mainland China. Due to protester pressure, this bill was scrapped. However, protests continue to rage on.

Members of the Trump administration such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been firm critics of China’s response to the protests. Trump said China could keep the situation under control, but he has cautioned the Chinese to not crack down too hard lest they want trade talks to fizzle out.

One of the bills passed would make Pompeo certify once a year that Hong Kong remains sufficiently autonomous to maintain its special trade status with the U.S. Additionally, it would sanction the people for human rights abuses in Hong Kong.

The second measure would prohibit the sales of equipment such as tear gas and rubber bullets to Hong Kong police.

After the House vote, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Risch stated that the bill is “an important step forward in holding the Communist Party accountable.”

Trump believes that Beijing wants to come to an agreement more than he does. He asserted that he has not made a deal because “I don’t think they’re stepping up to the level that I want.”

 

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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