Washington, 17 Sep 2019: Popular Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho urged U.S. lawmakers and companies to criticize Beijing's actions in Hong Kong.
Denise Ho’s statement came amidst China’s accusations against the United States and Britain of interfering in its affairs in Hong Kong. Ho is going to testify with Joshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement," and other activists in Congress on Tuesday at an event hosted by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC).
A Reuters report pointed out that Ho asked US to help change the Chinese Communist Party's autocratic behaviour. “Beijing was using its power and influence to quash dissent around the world and urged US businesses who invest in China and Hong Kong to robustly support human rights and democracy.
Hong Kong, presently a Chinese territory, has been in turmoil for the past three months after the beginning of protests. Violent clashes have broken out frequently as part of protests. Demonstrators think that the police action against protesters is part of interference by Beijing in Hong Kong's affairs. “Beijing is exporting its authoritarian values around the world,” Ho said.
President Donald Trump, who has been waging a tit-for-tat tariff war with China for more than a year, has suggested China should "humanely" settle the problem before a trade deal is reached.
Credit rating agency Moody's on Monday lowered its rating of Hong Kong to negative from stable, reflecting what it called the rising risk of erosion in the strength of Hong Kong's institutions" amid the city's ongoing protests.
Ho said the trade war had offered a "protective shield" for the people of Hong Kong, sheltering them from a violent Beijing crackdown, such as the deployment of troops.
Industry groups worry that the bill threatens fragile U.S.-China trade talks, but Ho said passage would send a powerful signal to other countries and reaffirm U.S. leadership in the world.