Carrie Lam

RELATIONS WITH HONG KONG: VERY SIMPLIFIED

Brief Summary of the Hong Kong Protests

  • Hong Kong was previously a british colony that was given to China in 1997.

  • Hong Kong’s government and judiciary systems are separate from China’s.

  • In April of 2019, an extradition bill was introduced which initiated the protests.

  • The bill allowed some prisoners in Hong Kong to be sent over to China.

  • The people of Hong Kong believe this was bad because they do not think that the Chinese would treat their prisoners fair or justly.

  • After weeks of protesting, Carrie Lam suspended the bill indefinitely.

Who are the key players?

  • The Government of Hong Kong

  • The People of Hong Kong

  • The Government of China

What did the Protesters want?

  • For the protests not to be characterised as a "riot"

  • Amnesty for arrested protesters 

  • An independent inquiry into alleged police brutality 

  • Implementation of complete universal suffrage

  • The withdrawal of the bill

US Relations

  • Hong Kong holds meaningful foreign investments from the United States

  • The United States advocates for freedoms and human rights for the people of Hong Kong

  • The United States does not provide assistance to Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong is a member of the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and Financial Action Task Force.

US Response to the Hong Kong Protests

  • The United States is very opposed to the bill

    • As a response, the United States set forth trade sanctions on the government of Hong Kong​

  • The United States supports the protesters rights and believes that their voices should be heard by the government of Hong Kong

    • The violence ​should not undermine the goals of the protesters