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US Congress introduces bipartisan HK refuge bill

United States Congress introduced a bipartisan bill that aims to provide refugee status to eligible Hong Kong residents after China's passing of Hong Kong national security law.

The legislation, titled Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act, seeks to protect the residents of the administrative region by requiring the State Department to designate those facing persecution as refugees of special humanitarian concern. It is being led in the Senate by Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez.

Hong Kong national security law, unanimously passed by China's top legislative body on Tuesday, faced criticism as it would allow Beijing to override the local government in the administrative region and possibly affect the city's autonomy.

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