Last edited by Coolboy; 22-05-2020 at 03:34 PM.
1. The HK Human Rights Act
2. The bill in the Senate to delist Chinese firms on Wall Street
3. The whole trade war
4. The mutual expulsion of journalists from China and US
5. Surveys showing growing number of Americans are hostile to Chinese goods:
6. Surveys showing unfavourable perception of China in the US jumping from 47% in 2017 to 60% in 2019:
These surveys matter, because it indirectly reflects the mood of the electorate towards China policies. Politicians capitalize and campaigns on this voter mood and tailor policies to suit this mood. Why do you think Biden is attacking Trump for being soft on China? There is a consensus in Washingon now to be anti-China.
Last edited by Coolboy; 22-05-2020 at 04:39 PM.
You've made your point, CB. I like I'm sure many others hope you're eventually proven right (to some extent). Unfortunately, I think that those expecting the US to do something, even being able to do something, that will prevent or even delay this new security legislation becoming a reality will be bitterly disappointed. If the mainland is willing to endure a degree of short term economic pain to resolve the political issues they have in HK over the next few years then what realistically could be done to stop them?
Also, the idea that Multinationals will pack up and leave in solidarity with the democracy movement here is just very naive. If, over say the next few years, Beijing can demonstrate that HK has maintained legit fiscal autonomy, then companies will be appeased and it'll be business as usual.
Last edited by Coolboy; 22-05-2020 at 05:14 PM.
If this will stop Beijing, that's a different question.