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Senate unanimously passes bill reaffirming support for Hong Kong autonomy

Hong Kong protests.
Thousands of people hold an unsanctioned march through the streets of Hong Kong. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/Getty Images

The Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on Tuesday to reaffirm American support for the city's autonomy.

The big picture: The bill asserts the U.S.' commitment to "democracy, human rights, and the rule of law" as it relates to Hong Kong's autonomy, according to bill sponsor Sen. Marco Rubio's description. The legislation comes amid months of violent clashes between police and protestors in Hong Kong.

China: Hong Kong courts don't have the power to rule on mask ban

Protestors in Guy Fawkes mask march on November 05, 2019 in Hong Kong
Masked protesters march in Hong Kong, Nov. 5. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images

China condemned on Tuesday the Hong Kong High Court's decision ruling the city's mask ban "unconstitutional," saying only the Chinese legislature has the power to rule on the constitutionality of legislation, Channel News Asia reports.

QuoteNo other authority has the right to make judgments and decisions."
— Chinese government statement translated by Channel News Asia