What are people talking today:
- Washington's Self-Defeating Hong Kong Strategy
Kurt Tong | Former U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong
"The relationship between Washington and Hong Kong has long benefited both societies and helped the city retain its autonomy from the mainland. Now, the United States stands poised to tear apart the legal fabric of that once close relationship. The decoupling will hurt the people of Hong Kong and damage U.S. business and foreign policy interests—and it will do so without punishing China much at all."
- Trump's "Withdrawal" From WHO
Harold Hongju Koh | Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School
"For now there are two immediate legal questions: first, has Trump actually withdrawn the United States from the WHO? The answer is no. Second, if Congress or public health advocates see things differently, are they powerless to prevent WHO withdrawal from happening? Again, the answer is no. There is much they can and should still do."
- Take China's US Farm Threats Seriously, Not Literally
David Fickling | Bloomberg
"If you’re haggling over the price of goods at a market, there often comes a point when the buyer threatens to walk away. It’s up to the seller to decide whether or not that’s a bluff. That’s the right way to consider the news that Chinese state-owned agricultural companies have been ordered to pause purchases of U.S. farm goods, including soybeans."
- The China Factor in US-Israel Relations
Douglas J. Feith | senior fellow at Hudson Institute
"Israel and the US could protect their strategic relationship by working together on a common threat assessment regarding China. With ample enemies in their immediate vicinity, Israelis have not historically looked at China as a national security problem. But the world is changing. This does not mean that China should be categorized as an enemy. Nor does it mean that all commerce with China should cease, for Israel or for the United States."
- We've Now Entered the Final Phase of the Trump Era
Thomas Wright | Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
"We are in the Götterdämmerung now, the final phase of the Trump era. We began with the axis of adults that imperfectly constrained him. We then entered the age of hubris and action during which he systematically rid himself of the adults and was free to follow his whims. The third phase was the reckoning as he began to bump up against the contradictions of his own approach, on China and Iran in particular. Now we have finally arrived at the long-feared crisis and unraveling."
ON US-CHINA RELATIONS:
- It's time to save US-China ties from apocalypse
Philip J. Cunningham | media researcher covering Asian issues
- Welcome to China's new interventionist foreign policy
Charles Dunst | associate at LSE IDEAS
- China's Border Invasion Will Push India Toward the US
Hal Brands | Bloomberg
ON HONG KONG
- Hong Kong national security law can coexist with democracy under 'one country, two systems’
Stefan Matzinger | South China Morning Post
- Double standards on protests expose US politicians' hypocrisy on HK
Tom Fowdy | CGT
- The Enduring Example of the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Lee Edwards | Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought
- China gutted Hong Kong's autonomy. Trump's reaction failed on every count.
Washington Post Opinion
- Hong Kong Sanctions With Teeth
Paul Wolfowitz | scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Frances Tilney Burke | doctoral candidate at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- HK proposal brings flood of crocodile tears
Ian Goodrum | China Daily