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Face off on Beijing, the Hong Kong singer tells US lawmakers and companies



WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hong Kong singer-activist Denise Ho wants US legislators and companies to criticize Beijing's actions in Hong Kong to change the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party.

Ho told Reuters on Monday that Beijing uses its power and influence to quell global disagreement, and urges companies investing in China and Hong Kong, a former British colony, to support human rights and democracy.

China's territory has been shaken by more than three months of sometimes violent clashes, with protesters, despite the promise of autonomy, being angry at what they see as Beijing's creeping interference in Hong Kong affairs. Beijing exports its authoritarian values ​​all over the world, Ho said.

"The only way to counteract this global repression is to beat (China) where it really hurts," she said. "The communist government only cares about the economy, they do not care about human rights and they do not care about the universal values ​​that we have."

"We see companies benefit in China," she said. "There are a lot of US companies based in Shenzhen, and they have ignored this problem, these human issues."

China has denounced the protests and accused the United States and Britain of interfering with its affairs in Hong Kong. It has sent out clear warnings that a violent intervention is possible.

Ho will speak with Joshua Wong, secretary general of the Demosisto party in Hong Kong and chairman of the "Umbrella Movement," and other activists of the Congress on Tuesday at an event organized by the Congressional Executive Commission for China (CECC).

US. Legislators are adopting a bipartisan bill requiring an annual review of the special treatment accorded to Washington Hong Kong under the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1

992, including commercial and business privileges.

The Hong Kong Law on Human Rights and Democracy In addition, officials in China and Hong Kong, who have undermined the city's autonomy, would be susceptible to sanctions.

President Donald Trump, who has been waging an open wage war with China for more than a year, suggested that China solve the problem "humanely" before a trade agreement is reached.

Moody & # 39; s lowered its outlook for Hong Kong's rating from stable to negative on Monday, reflecting the so-called rising risk of "erosion of the strength of Hong Kong institutions" in the face of ongoing protests in the city.

Ho said the trade war had given the people of Hong Kong a "protective shield" to protect them from violence in Beijing and the use of troops.

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Industry groups fear that the bill will jeopardize fragile trade talks between the US and China, but Ho said that this passage send a strong signal to other countries and US leadership in the US Affirm the world.

"I believe that Hong Kong is at the forefront of humanity's very global struggle," she said.

(This story corrects the "prospects" and not the "ratings" in paragraph 11.)

Editor: Heather Timmons and Jacqueline Wong


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