Trump’s trifecta: Annoy China, back Hong Kong, promote world democracy

The United States showed Hong Kong and China, and the world, that the pro-freedom movement in Hong Kong deserved international backing.



December 3, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Pro-democracy protesters take part in a Thanksgiving Day rally in Honk Kong. Protesters gathered to say thank you to the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation supporting the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, with new legislation requiring annual reviews of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images/TNS)

After six months of protests, Hong Kong recently delivered a strong rebuke to China over its attempts to broaden control over the semi-autonomous territory. Pro-democracy candidates overwhelmingly won local council elections, sweeping 347 of 452 seats.

Democracy in action, no doubt about it — the kind that likely has Chinese President Xi Jinping seething, the kind that President Donald Trump should support.

On Wednesday, Trump took strong, positive action. He expressed solidarity with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement by signing congressional legislation intended to show Hong Kong  — and Beijing — where America’s sympathies lie.

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