The US needs to stand up for Hong Kong to deter China’s crackdowns

As the United States responds to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brazen crackdown on Hong Kong, it is hard to imagine a US president with less credibility than Donald Trump—who just this week threatened violence against US citizens protesting police brutality and racism—to respond effectively to the CCP’s dangerous infringement on the rights of the people of Hong Kong.

The rising tensions over Hong Kong are a window into the future of the US-China relationship—the challenges posed by the Chinese Communist party (CCP), the stakes at play, and how dangerous it is when the United States lacks an effective approach.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Guardian.