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(ICC) U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today applauded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for passing a resolution supporting democratic reform in Hong Kong. “This resolution sends a powerful message of support to the people of Hong Kong in their quest for universal suffrage and democratic change,” Brownback stated. “The people of Hong Kong maintain a vibrant, mature and highly successful society. There is no question that the city’s political and economic situation is well suited to democratic reforms and universal suffrage in the elections of 2007 and 2008.” The resolution, introduced by Senator Brownback and co-sponsored by six other senators, declares that the people of Hong Kong should be free to determine the pace and scope of constitutional developments. The resolution notes that the People’s Republic of China has frustrated the process toward universal suffrage and democratic election of Hong Kong’s legislature and chief executive. As the resolution indicates, the United States maintains a special relationship with Hong Kong, based on the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992. The resolution also quotes a recent State Department report which noted the shared values and interests of the people of Hong Kong and the people of the United States.