Support for Hong Kong and New Trade Deal with China on Collision Course
Should a trade deal take priority over supporting Human Rights in Hong Kong?
A difficult diplomatic and political situation has taken root in US-China relations. In support of the protesters in Hong Kong, the Senate is moving to expedite the passage of a bill which would impose sanctions against China in reaction to its human rights violations in Hong Kong. While the bill is almost unanimously supported in Congress, it still has to pass through the President, who is working on a new trade deal with Beijing, and he is hoping to make it a focal point of his campaign for reelection. If he should come out in support of the Hong Kong protesters, it would almost certainly mean the end of any potential deal with China. Beijing has condemned the bill, putting more pressure on US policymakers.
The treatment of protesters in Hong Kong is a gross violation of human rights. While a new trade deal with China may seem appealing in some scenarios, the US should prioritize its protection of global rights over economic gains.
If you agree, then take action for positive change. Contact your representatives and encourage them to fight for justice in Hong Kong. Spread the word to your friends to educate them on the protests. Stay educated on the situation, and follow the news about it. If we stand together and raise our voices enough, change for justice is possible.
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