◎ China’s communist leaders know that freedom, democracy and the rule of law are political contagions that could infect the vast Chinese population.
◎ President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping both face critical decisions on the looming crisis in Hong Kong.
◎ The people of Hong Kong are leading the way in the first major ideological confrontation of the new cold war that the People’s Republic of China has launched against the West.
◎ Like Reagan with the Soviet Union, Trump should launch a moral offensive against China and North Korea that will reap enormous strategic benefits as well.
◎ Since the time of Mao Zedong, it has been in the Chinese Communist DNA to treat the West as its ultimate enemy, engagement or no engagement.
◎ The CCP’s aggression extended beyond populations within China and along its borders.
◎ President Trump, still addressing the consequences of the earlier unconsummated events, faces a new situation as the people of Hong Kong defy Beijing’s further erosion of their guaranteed rights of limited self-government.
◎ The Trump administration is confronting China multidimensionally — on trade, Taiwan, the South China Sea and North Korea — as no predecessor ever did.
◎ Existential struggles are not conducive to compromise, especially when the opposing sides see the competition in those stark terms.
◎ Consistency and constancy in support of both America’s national interest and the rules-based international order have been in short supply over the past decade or more.
◎ The Trump administration should continue to emphasize that North Korea’s nuclear program ultimately does not ensure regime survival but regime demise.