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What is the HKETO Certification Act?

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Certification Act forces a review of the preferential treatment that Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETOs) currently receive under U.S. Law.

HKETO may have deserved special treatment when they represented a relatively autonomous Hong Kong; they now operate as little more than propaganda machines for the Chinese Communist Party. (Works include hiring US lobbyists to lobby on behalf of the Hong Kong Government under the CCP's influence).

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HKETOs are official representative offices of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. They were founded after the British handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1997, and intended to deepen economic, trade, investment, and cultural ties between Hong Kong and the U.S. HKETOs currently operate in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. They serve no consular functions, but U.S. law gives the offices and their employees diplomatic privileges, exemptions, and immunities.

In the treaty governing the handover, the PRC committed to affording Hong Kong a "high degree of autonomy." Permission to operate HETOs in the United States was predicated on the understanding that the PRC would honor that commitment. Over the last several years, the PRC has instead thoroughly abrogated this commitment. In June 2020, the PRC tightened its grip on the city with the passage of the draconian National Security Law, which targets the basic freedoms and independence once enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong. The sad fact is that Hong Kong can no longer claim autonomous status as the U.S. recognized following the enactment of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Allowing the PRC to operate a separate diplomatic office in the U.S. now confers a privilege on that it does not deserve.

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Certification Act would require the President to make an annual certification that HKETOs merit the extension of the privileges and immunities they currently receive. It also stipulates that if Congress adopts a resolution disapproving that certification, the administration would have to revoke their status.

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