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Trump pushes China on trade but gives it a pass on Hong Kong. His priorities are way off.


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SOURCE: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-ignores-hong-kong-protesters-focuses-china-s-money-ncna1040531
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Trump’s statements in response to the threat of this intervention undermined those taking to the streets to oppose Chinese authoritarianism, and departed dramatically from the best traditions of American foreign policy.Unfortunately, as we have seen, despots tend to respond to American weakness or green lights with additional aggression and oppression.“Something is probably happening with Hong Kong, because when you look at, you know, what’s going on, they’ve had riots for a long period of time,” Trump said last Thursday on the South Lawn of the White House when reporters asked about the possible Chinese military crackdown. We need to know that America is behind us.”Mr. President, your comments undermined democracy in Hong Kong, increased the chances of a brutal crackdown by Beijing, endangered U.S. regional credibility and damaged America’s democratic moral authority.Your administration deserves credit for recognizing the severity of the threat Communist China poses and for beginning to marshal the tools of national power necessary to compete with Beijing more effectively.

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