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Moment of truth for HK and China

By Joseph Bosco

It would finally get the West off its back foot by confronting Beijing’s “win without fighting” strategy of undermining US and Western interests and values.

Since China constantly accuses the West of interfering in its internal affairs whenever international rules and norms are invoked, some overt non-kinetic interference is long overdue.

As the old political saw goes, we will stop telling the truth about Communist China when it stops telling lies about the West.

Finally, the US should advise Beijing that any substantial use of force against Hong Kong by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the People’s Armed Police or the regular police force, would trigger an immediate termination of the territory’s special status under the US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.

That would deprive Beijing of the immense economic benefits it derives from Hong Kong’s privileged place as a safe, reliable international banking center, unlike every other Chinese city.

Again, reciprocity and honoring commitments should be the watchwords of US policy toward China. Hong Kong’s moment of truth must mean getting the truth into China.

Joseph Bosco served as China country director in the office of the US secretary of defense. He is a fellow at the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies and a member of the advisory committee of the Global Taiwan Institute.

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