Today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump signing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019:

"Hong Kongers have put their lives on the line fighting for the basic freedoms promised them by Beijing. President Trump‘s decision to sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act honors their courage and aids their cause. And it sends a clear signal to Beijing: the United States will not stand by and watch China break its treaty commitments and try to dominate all of Asia.”

Senator Hawley was an original cosponsor of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. He has also introduced the Hong Kong Be Water Act and called upon the United Nations to pass a resolution condemning Beijing's abuse of the people of Hong Kong.