Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement about the situation in Hong Kong:

“For nearly two decades, Hong Kong has thrived as a free society under ‘one country, two systems.’  This freedom is now eroding as Beijing appears to undermine its promise to allow genuine democratic elections in Hong Kong.  A managed choice is no choice at all.

“Now is the time for genuine dialogue and to maintain the promises of the Basic Law between the government of Hong Kong, the people of Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China.  I lead a delegation to Hong Kong this year.  I call on all sides to exercise restraint, maintain the promise of the Basic Law and solve this through dialogue.”