(ICC) U.S. Senator Sam Brownback applauded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week for passing a resolution supporting democratic reform in Hong Kong. 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 Peoples Republic of China has frustrated the process toward universal suffrage and democratic election of Hong Kongs legislature and chief executive. Brownback is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. China has slowly been reasserting control of Hong Kong, home to many Christians and the center of much of the outreach to the mainland.