Sen. Marco Rubio wants to renew the "United States' historical commitment to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong."

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Senators seek to bring China's political influence in Hong Kong under scrutiny

Bill would bring punitive measures against anti-democracy actors in the city

Hong Kong CNN  — 

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has announced a bill aimed at buttressing Hong Kong’s autonomy in the face of a Chinese administration increasingly bullish about interfering in the territory’s affairs.

The former Republican presidential candidate co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Tom Cotton R-Arizona, with the aim of demonstrating support for Hong Kong’s autonomy as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China.