Fri May 22, 2020, 05:35 PM

Its amateur hour in Washington

The problem with megaphone diplomacy like that of US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is that you paint yourself into a corner with no wiggle room to manoeuvre.


Under the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, the US State Department will soon have to assess whether Hong Kong remains suitably autonomous from the rest of China, a prerequisite for extending its trading and investment privileges.

Suppose it concludes Hong Kong is no longer highly autonomous. Would the US throw Hong Kong under the bus, in the name of defending its freedoms, along with undermining all the American business interests and political networks it has built up in the city over decades?

Alternatively, Washington can say developments in Hong Kong are not satisfactory but still acceptable.
The wise, right and practical thing to do is to let Hong Kong’s special status continue. But then all those Washington politicians from Trump and Pompeo on down would look like liars, hypocrites or fools.

Of course, they could declare they couldn’t in good conscience accept Hong Kong’s erosion of freedom and must end its special status, effectively rendering it as “just another mainland city”.

With friends like Pompeo, Hong Kong’s opposition doesn’t need enemies.


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Fri May 22, 2020, 06:29 PM

1. Interesting...

Your problem is with Trump and Pompeo and not China...amazing at this point.

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