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Should the U.S. Government Support the Hong Kong Protestors?

In recent months, a near-constant string of protests have occurred throughout Hong Kong. What began in response to a proposed bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China has now grown to a protest appealing for inquiry of the police and a call for more democracy in Hong Kong. In response to Beijing’s crackdown on the protests, the U.S. recently passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, which allows the U.S. to pass sanctions against individuals in China who violate human rights in China.

Those who argue that the U.S. government should support the Hong Kong protestors claim that our country should support democratic movements around the world. They tend to believe that as a major democratic superpower, the U.S. should defend human rights no matter the cost.

Those who oppose the U.S. government supporting the Hong Kong protestors argue that showing excessive support for Hong Kong will anger mainland China. This side argues that giving too much assistance to Hong Kong will prevent a trade deal from being reached between the U.S. and China as Beijing could refuse to come to a negotiating table.

So, what do you think? Should the U.S. government support the Hong Kong protestors? Students can either argue Yes, the U.S. government should support the Hong Kong protestors, No, the U.S. government should not support the Hong Kong protestors, or something in between!

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Current Standings:
Yes: 63%
No: 37%
  • Daniel from Maryland

    While I am usually opposed to US involvement in foreign affairs, it is clearly within our national interest to take a strong diplomatic stand against the government of China. Ever since the Communist cultural revolution in the 1960s, the Chinese government has imposed tyrannical authoritarianism upon its citizens, which puts the protection of its own power above the protection of their human rights. It viciously prosecutes all dissent and anything considered to be subversive to the authority of the CPC, leaving a long trail of bloodshed and misery. Christians are forbidden from openly practicing their faith in public, Muslims are locked up in INTERNMENT CAMPS, and people of the Falun Gong faith are killed by the government, their organs sold on the black market. Each of these things alone would be bad enough, but the Chinese government is doing it all, and they aren’t stopping there. And who can forget the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, in which hundreds of thousands of peaceful student protestors were killed under martial law? That’s a sore subject for the communist party, of course, and one of many things that the government forcibly removes from search results on the Chinese internet.
    Bearing all this in mind, it is important to note that China is the USA’s foremost economic competitor and diplomatic rival. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion people, it is the single largest consumer market in the world. Just about every American multinational corporation wants to sell products to China, or operate in China and hire its workers. The Chinese government gleefully rewards investors with government-backed loans and direct subsidies, cronyism on a scale unrivaled anywhere else in the world. For workers, there is also very little economic freedom, as the government assigns jobs to people, allows and even encourages child labor, and runs large-scale production through sweatshops in which people work long hours for little pay under dangerous and undesirable conditions. Besides just being a raw deal for Chinese people, who have to live under this system, it makes it near impossible for American businesses and workers to compete, given that the American economic system at least attempts to balance economic output with reasonable considerations for the livelihood of its workers. As a result, we lose on trade at every turn, and the Chinese government further twists the knife by manipulating its currency and putting tariffs on American goods, even beyond the scope of the current ongoing “trade war”.
    With economic power comes political and cultural influence. Just as American hegemony during and after the cold war led to the proliferation of many American cultural symbols and businesses around the world. With China on top, you can very well expect the same thing to happen for all things Chinese. Already, many American companies have started to “sell out” to the Chinese government, such as the NBA, General Electric, and the Coca-Cola company, (just to name a few, as there are many more examples) which have promoted official Chinese state propaganda and helped crack down on political dissidents and labor revolts. Why? Well, remember what I said: China is the largest consumer market in the world, and businesses that operate there receive massive support from its government. Chinese leaders can very quickly rescind that support from companies that do not advance its political agenda, which means those companies can no longer access that consumer market.
    It is clear that political corruption and authoritarianism is abundant in China, and their hostility to American interests is made openly clear. By contrast, the protesters in Hong Kong are asking for an end to the human rights abuses and signaling a willingness to ally with the United States, should the opportunity present itself. While I am by NO MEANS arguing for direct intervention or, God forbid, regime change led by our military in China, it is time for our government to not only openly declare its support for the Hong Kong protesters, but to work with our allies and put both direct and multilateral economic/diplomatic pressure on the Beijing government until they change their ways or step down. And we must provide humanitarian relief to those religious and ethnic groups which have been oppressed in China. We must make it clear that we will not sacrifice our security or our values to appease a hostile foreign power.

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  • Liam from Illinois

    The United States of America was founded by a group of radical freedom fighters that sought to fight the tyrannical British Empire. That is why Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, announcing to the world that the American colonies would no longer submit to living under oppression. As such, America has a duty to uphold its founding fathers’ legacy by supporting those fighting for their freedom. We have already turned our backs on this legacy once before; during the Vietnam war, we supported France’s colonial subjugation of the native Vietnamese, acting antithetically to our own values. Supporting the Hong Kong protesters is our chance to prove once again to the world that we are not afraid to fight for freedom – not just our own, but every man, woman, and child’s freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Chinese government, in its current iteration, is a human rights nightmare. They restrict the population’s access to information (the greatest wall in China is not made of stone), and they have been repeatedly shown to massacre entire ethnic groups and throw the survivors into concentration camps. The most extreme example of this being Tibet, where China has committed multiple massacres against the semi-nomadic people. China claims that they were “helping” the Tibetans by freeing them from what they describe as a feudalistic state, but you won’t find many Tibetans agreeing with that logic. Hong Kong had been a colony of Britain for over 100 years, although by the time they were handed back to China in 1997, they were pretty much an independent democracy. The people of Hong Kong have seen what China does to its citizens, and are reasonably concerned for their freedom. How can “the land of the free” stand by while the citizens of Hong Kong are fighting for their freedoms of speech and democracy? Some may argue that offering support could anger China, making it harder to secure a trade deal with them. While I feel that the entire trade war needn’t have happened in the first place, I understand that this is a reasonable concern. China is a force to be reckoned with on the global stage, so we should carefully consider how they might respond to our actions. However, we should not go so far as to let China bully us into doing their bidding. There is a very real risk in supporting the Hong Kong protesters, but this risk should not prevent us from doing what is morally right. After all, had they not succeeded, all of the founding fathers would have been drawn and quartered. But they still fought. What’s our excuse?

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  • Christianna from Kentucky

    Yes, As a world power we have the responsibility to protect democracy and the respect of human rights. We have supported democracy in the past, and should do so in the future. While giving help to Hong Kong may affect our ability to make a good trade deal with China in the future, the basic rights of Hong Kongers are more important than money.

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    Yes, As a world power we have the responsibility to protect democracy and the respect of human rights. We have supported democracy in the past, and s…

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  • Lily from Kentucky

    The US government should support the Hong Kong protestors. When the United States was being formed, we protested just like they did so we should support them through their fight for their own freedoms. As Americans, we believe that everyone should have basic rights and we should make sure that those in Hong Kong receive theirs.

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    The US government should support the Hong Kong protestors. When the United States was being formed, we protested just like they did so we should suppo…

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  • Jackson from Texas

    As Hong Kong protests, the rest of the world watches history repeat itself. Over 200 years ago, a similar sort of protest happened: a group of discontent colonists decided to reject the overbearing rule of the British throne and declare their independence. They took up arms and fought a war for their freedom, and today the United States of America is in a position to support a fledgling movement for the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness overseas. The protesters in Hong Kong are struggling against a mainland that shows no signs of respecting their intrinsic human rights. China is starting to employ subversive tactics—police suppression, pressure on businesses, and a looming threat of military intervention—to signal that it’s patience will eventually wear thin. One may be forgiven for thinking that if Hong Kong were to stop protesting, things would just go back to the way they were. China has stated it’s goal is to scratch the “one country, two systems” method of governance and completely reunify Hong Kong with the mainland by 2047, and if the Uighur Muslims are any indication, China does not show much sympathy to groups who resist Chinese norms. The US has a chance not only to support human rights, but to signal to East Asia and the rest of the world that the fight for democracy is not over. Hong Kong has the potential to become a beacon for democracy worldwide, a message to people around the globe that the US will not stand by as they fight for a better life. Hong Kong may be just one city, but the fact that is has been placed under global scrutiny means that now is a critical time to show our support. The alternative is to capitulate to the demands of an increasingly aggressive Chinese government and be a bystander as the shadow of tyranny covers another people.

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  • Noah from Michigan

    The protestors of Hong Kong stand for everything America was founded on. Also, supporting anything that undermines the CCP is a good thing.

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    The U.S. Government should support the Hong Kong Protesters because the U.S. should uphold and support the development of democracy in foreign countries due to our international police power. This is especially evident during the Red Scare in our fight against Communism, which is much like the present fight against the Authoritarian government of China. I believe that this same fervor should be utilized in support of the Hong Kong Protesters because China has consistently violated their basic human rights. Additionally, we should fight this war in the beginning through the United States’s influence on the economy of China through economic punishments on their economy. This would especially affect China because the United States is one of the primary partners of their country.

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    The U.S. Government should support the Hong Kong Protesters because the U.S. should uphold and support the development of democracy in foreign countri…

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  • Andrew from Kentucky

    I believe they should support the people of Hong Kong because the US has supported other countries who were trying to do the same. It only makes sense to do it because the Industry of Hong Kong is vital to the economy of the US. If China gets control of Hong Kong we could see major repercussions on our economy. It is vital to keep the economy of the US the best it can possibly be. Having a solid economy allows the US to help other nations who need assistance as well. If we lose the Hong Kong market it could put us at a severe disadvantage in the region as well.

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    I believe they should support the people of Hong Kong because the US has supported other countries who were trying to do the same. It only makes sense…

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  • Sophia from Kentucky

    Our government stems from the democratic ideals that the Hong Kong protestors so desperately are fighting for. As a world power, I believe we should involve our country in this particular foreign dispute because we need to support democracies around the world. I think it would almost be ironic if the country who is the ideal model of democracy and fought against tyranny for their own rights would turn a blind eye to those who are involved in this same issue. If China won’t protect the human rights of those who live within their own country, who will? I believe America should assist the Hong Kong protestors because it will demonstrate to the world that we do believe in our democratic ideals and will do anything to uphold these standards around the world.

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    Our government stems from the democratic ideals that the Hong Kong protestors so desperately are fighting for. As a world power, I believe we should …

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  • Aaron from Kentucky

    I believe that through their involvement in Hong Kong the United States government is trying to spread democracy to other countries. I believe that by supporting Hong Kong protesters they are standing up for their belief in the strength of democracy.

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    I do believe the United States Government should support the Hong Kong protests. The Hong Kong Protesters have been using the American flag as a symbol for the freedom they desire so much. It is our duty to uphold freedom and democracy around the world, despite the challenges might cost. We must support the protesters because if we don’t stand up to China now, nothing will show that we are serious about their impeding aggression in Hong Kong and around the World. We do not have to send troops or military aid but by passing bills likee thone recently passed giving support to the protesters, we can show China that we are serious about this issue.

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    I do believe the United States Government should support the Hong Kong protests. The Hong Kong Protesters have been using the American flag as a symbo…

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I think that the US should support the Hong Kong Government because of their fight for their right is reasonable. The circumstances that the people face are unjust and if they sign that bill then they are giving away their main source of freedom. If this bill is signed then it will be the fall of the Hong Kong Government.

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    I think that the US should support the Hong Kong Government because of their fight for their right is reasonable. The circumstances that the people fa…

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    I think the U.S. Government should support the Hong Kong protesters. A long time ago The U.S. was in the same rebellion against Britain. We should support people who want to change and who want a voice. Also, the agreement between Britain and China says that Hong Kong still has time to transition to be part of China. Hong Kong should get the opportunity to decide what they want to do. The U.S. should support Hong Kong because that is what we sand for. Freedom of speech and others that if the bill goes through would be taken away.

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    I think the U.S. Government should support the Hong Kong protesters. A long time ago The U.S. was in the same rebellion against Britain. We should sup…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I think they should show support but should not give too much assistance, especially because we are in the middle of a trade war. We tend to put our hands into situations that we shouldn’t, but given the extreme circumstances, we must try to help. We have helped other countries in the past fight for democracy and have won. But just because we have the power to affect the chinese government and hong kong and end the whole thing doesn’t mean we should fully. Take for example, a parent whose kid is being made fun of at school. The parent should not intervene every time the child has a problem. If the child is demonstrating that they are actively trying to stop the bullies and bravely standing up for themselves, the parent should not intervene because it gives the child their own voice and identity and allows them to be independent. This is the same thing with the US and Hong Kong. The people of Hong Kong are demonstrating their right of free speech and assembly, showing that they are not just some weak powerless section of China that can be easily taken over. They are showing the Chinese government that they will not back down and that they truly are separate from the mainland. This protesting also brings these people together to form one community that is all working towards the same cause. Although all of this is true, if the “bullying” continues and their efforts are not enough, then would the parent (the US) become involved and step in.

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    I think they should show support but should not give too much assistance, especially because we are in the middle of a trade war. We tend to put our h…

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  • Teddy from Kentucky

    The United States should help the Hong Kong protestors because China is a corrupt nation and will destroy the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. Our nation is rooted in fighting for democracy and for our human rights. These people can not fight this fight alone and we are the people to help them. We are a military powerhouse and we are what these people need to win the battle they are fighting against the Chinese government. For democracy to stand, we need to stand with Hong Kong.

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    The United States should help the Hong Kong protestors because China is a corrupt nation and will destroy the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. Our…

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    I think the United States should support the protest of the Hong Kong Bill because the United States puts an emphasis on advocating for people’s rights. The Hong Kong government is not paying attention to what the citizens want and clearly a large majority of citizens do not support the bill being passed. The government in Hong Kong needs to change to take into account what the people want because if they continue to pass bills and laws that make a large number of citizens unhappy, there could potentially be riots.

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    I think the United States should support the protest of the Hong Kong Bill because the United States puts an emphasis on advocating for people’s rig…

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    I believe the US should support the protestors, as I believe we should be active in worldwide protection and expansion of democracy. The spread of communism should be stopped and it should be treated as a top priority.

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    I believe the US should support the protestors, as I believe we should be active in worldwide protection and expansion of democracy. The spread of co…

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  • Aneliese from Kentucky

    Yes, because the United States is an advocate of democracy. However, it may be bad for the connection between the United States and China. If we cannot reach a trade agreement between the United States and Beijing, there will be finance issues, and China may even choose to force stronger action on Hong Kong in retaliation. This would help come to a strong point in the protest in Hong Kong, but it may be dangerous for relations with China.

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    Yes, because the United States is an advocate of democracy. However, it may be bad for the connection between the United States and China. If we canno…

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  • Aaron from Kentucky

    I think the U.S. should support the Hong Kong protests as we can help save a country’s future. We have freedoms that we hold dear and we should help other countries that are struggling. The more people the protesters get, the better. We can help.

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    I think the U.S. should support the Hong Kong protests as we can help save a country’s future. We have freedoms that we hold dear and we should help…

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    I argue that history does repeat itself, and there are many precedents we can draw from. For example, the Fall of Constantinople on 29 May 1453 to the Turks was the result of Constantinople being one small independent city surrounded by enemies. It was simply a matter of time before it would fall. Likewise, Hong Kong is one small region surrounded by China. Undoubtedly, history will repeat itself and Hong Kong will fall unless outside forces intervene and enforce the principles of democracy in Hong Kong.

    However, I shall also state that the United States will almost certainly never get involved because the United States has, in recent years, demonstrated unprecedented greed and self-serving behavior. If this growing trend continues, Congress will never support Hong Kong as it sees no immediate benefit to the United States.

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    I argue that history does repeat itself, and there are many precedents we can draw from. For example, the Fall of Constantinople on 29 May 1453 to the…

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  • Connor from Kentucky

    I believe the United States should get involved in the protest in China. The United States stands for equality, freedom of speech, and democracy. With the way Hong Kong is turning, the people will very soon lose their rights. It is our duty as Americans to protect democracy and defend freedom.

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    I believe the United States should get involved in the protest in China. The United States stands for equality, freedom of speech, and democracy. With…

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    Although the issue of the United State’s involvement in foreign affairs possesses a lot of controversy amongst the public, as a country we must also consider the topics in which we are immersing ourselves. In the foreign affairs of other countries, such as our involvement in the Middle East, many Americans can argue that it is not our place and we will receive no benefits from that fight. However, in terms of the Hong Kong protests, we must think as a nation who already possesses the rights many of those people must fight for. Even though their agreement should allow them the freedoms which our First Amendment grants us, so many Hong Kongers find themselves fighting to exercise those rights. It is easy as Americans to take our freedom of speech and press for granted, but how would we feel if those simple luxuries were being threatened by a government that should not hold any power of us? It is our duty as Americans to defend the land of the free, and although Hong Kong only remains free for 28 more years, we still have a duty to try our best to help those people.

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    I believe that The United States, as an advocate for human rights and democracy, should support Hong Kong. We do not want governments like the chinese government, one based off of control and fear, to spread. Rather, we should be trying to increase the idea of Democracy as much as we can. Hong Kong could be a good starting point in regards to China. In the end, I think it’d be best if the United States stuck to their values and did their best to uphold them.

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    I believe that The United States, as an advocate for human rights and democracy, should support Hong Kong. We do not want governments like the chinese…

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  • Donovan from Kentucky

    Hong Kong is one of the only lights of democracy left within the largely authoritarian China. These protests show the people of China’s interest in keeping democracy in Hong Kong. As a democratic superpower, America should stand with these protester and support democracy in areas of the world that severely lack it.

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    Hong Kong is one of the only lights of democracy left within the largely authoritarian China. These protests show the people of China’s interest in k…

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    The U.S. should support Hong Kong because it is more important to save others lives rather than risk losing a trade agreement. If we did not support them, and people began to get abused and killed, we would regret not doing anything to help stop it. The people from Hong Kong really need help from our country. In the end, we can always work things out to get our trade agreements back. But the lives we lose from this, can never be replaced.

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    The U.S. should support Hong Kong because it is more important to save others lives rather than risk losing a trade agreement. If we did not support t…

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  • Harrison from Kentucky

    Although it is a dangerous game, the Hong Kong protesters are in trouble. Many freedoms that we have they could potentially be robbed of. Tens of thousands of people are protesting for their basic rights; Getting involved may cause China to end trade deals with the US which would greatly impact our economy, but at the expense of human dignity and rights.

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    Although it is a dangerous game, the Hong Kong protesters are in trouble. Many freedoms that we have they could potentially be robbed of. Tens of thou…

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  • vidya from Texas

    Yes, i do think that the U.S should should support Hong Kong protesters because it supports human rights and can be useful as allies for the future if the U.S also needs help.

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  • Trevour from Texas

    I think that we should but up to a certain extent like what is being given in support of them. If the items in question are able to take another person’s life than that should not be given. It is up to the extent to which the support is being used for to be able to assist the protestors.

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    I think that we should but up to a certain extent like what is being given in support of them. If the items in question are able to take another perso…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I believe that the United States should be involved and help support Hong King. The United States has been known as the arsenal of democracy since Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term. The United States should show their support for the fight to keep the democratic government. The protests in Hong Kong are protesting the involvement of mainland China in their policies and affairs. The future of Hong Kong should not be decided by outside forces but by the future generation. The people that live in Hong Kong should be able to voice their opinions and protest laws and policies that need to change because they will be the ones that will have to live with the outcome.

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    I believe that the United States should be involved and help support Hong King. The United States has been known as the arsenal of democracy since Fra…

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  • Garrett from Kentucky

    For the last century the United States has been fighting for the protection of democracy. In both WWI and WWII our main objective in participation was to protect the people of the world and democratic government. Our goal as a nation should not be any different here. The issue has not escalated to the scale of the world wars but the issue is no less important now as it was back then. If we allow China to encroach on Hong Kong’s democratic rights, we allow the failure of democracy. Failing to protect Hong Kong is like failing to protect our way of life and our system of government. US involvement is paramount in the protection of democracy.

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    For the last century the United States has been fighting for the protection of democracy. In both WWI and WWII our main objective in participation was…

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    The US does not have the best relationship with China, that is true. However, how can we expect any country to respect us if we don’t support our own beliefs. The people of Hong Kong are fighting for the same rights we fought for. If we back down because we are scared of China, then China has control over us too. If everyone were to ignore others fighting for the same cause as themselves, then we wouldn’t be here.

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    The US does not have the best relationship with China, that is true. However, how can we expect any country to respect us if we don’t support our own …

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  • Amber from Kentucky

    Hong Kong was promised a freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. By passing this law this will bring down Hong Kong and its people. Their rights will be stripped away from them and everyone has the freedom to do and say about this topic. Thousands of people are protesting for there future and how they want to live out their lives. Having this taken away from them can be devastating on many, young and old.

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    Hong Kong was promised a freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. By passing this law this will bring down Hong Kong and its people. Their rights wi…

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  • Erin from Kentucky

    I think the US should get support the Hong Kong protestors. Just as the united states was oppressed by England in the 18th century, Hong Kong is being oppressed by China today. This should give us a reason to support the Democratic movement in Hong Kong. The US should also support Hong Kong in order to protect human rights, which is a major part of our society. While many people think supporting Hong Kong will anger mainland China, it is still our responsibility to support the protestors of Hong Kong.

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    I think the US should get support the Hong Kong protestors. Just as the united states was oppressed by England in the 18th century, Hong Kong is being…

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  • Becca from Kentucky

    I usually oppose the government from getting involved in foreign disputes, but I feel that this one is important and that the protestors need support from a strong country. Additionally, they will continue to protest, but it will probably make no difference and their leaders will vote for it. The only way they can possibly change the situation is if a country backs them up and gives them the support that their own country isn’t giving them. We would be able to help the young generation and hope in the future they will help us once they are in charge.

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    I usually oppose the government from getting involved in foreign disputes, but I feel that this one is important and that the protestors need support …

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  • Zoe from Kentucky

    The United States was founded on the principle of Democracy. The founding fathers sought to end the rule of the British Empire because the colonies were not being represented. It is the same principle in Hong Kong. They are fighting for their democratic rights from an authoritarian Chinese government. The United States should help protect the rights of the people. President Trump signed a bill in order to help protect the rights of the people in Hong Kong.

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    The United States was founded on the principle of Democracy. The founding fathers sought to end the rule of the British Empire because the colonies we…

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  • Caleb from Virginia

    While this one is conflicting, I do feel that the US Government should stand actively with the protestors. While the risk of losing China as a crucial trade partner is apparent, the United States holds a duty as a leading Democratic world power to support revolutions of democracy happening in foreign countries. Since the United States was created out of a cry for freedom and representation,one must make the correlations to our origin and the Hong Kong protestors.

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    While this one is conflicting, I do feel that the US Government should stand actively with the protestors. While the risk of losing China as a crucia…

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  • Chelsee from Arizona

    The same way we have rights they do too.When one place around the country starts protesting it travels around and eventually ends up here. When there was a protest in the United States when the teachers went on strike and let the students out of school don’t you think people around the country cared? What’s going on in Hong Kong can influence young minds just like mine I watch the news. It’s clearly time to think outside the box and see what we can do to prevent further problems like this do stop going against each other and actually think of a solution

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    The same way we have rights they do too.When one place around the country starts protesting it travels around and eventually ends up here. When there …

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  • Nicole from New York

    The U.S. government should support the protestors of Hong Kong as many of our own rights are based upon the freedom to speak and protest. Solely because these crimes are occurring in a nation outside of our own should not restrict the U.S. from elaborating on an opinion; this opinion just so happens to have been voiced out of respect for President Xi, and the people of Hong Kong. As a known democratic superpower, the United States has the ability to embed a lasting understanding of ‘wrongfulness’ across the nation.
    As a result of the United State’s support toward Hong Kong, an immediate turmoil is able to present itself as relations between the two nations can be expected to weaken – Hong Kong is able to see this as an intrusion, and potentially even a manipulation, as we are posing a threat to their system of defense According to The New York Times, the Hong Kong government argued that ‘[the] bills were not necessary, especially after the territory was able to hold peaceful local elections…’ Although such a risk is posed, no rightful decision comes without even the smallest obstacle. No excuse should be presented under any circumstances. Likely enough, if we were in a similar circumstance, other nations would enact laws to provide leverage needed. Sacrificing the potential loss of relations between Hong Kong and the U.S. is far less important than coming across as a nation that will not stop at making the correct decision in terms of support. .

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    The U.S. government should support the protestors of Hong Kong as many of our own rights are based upon the freedom to speak and protest. Solely becau…

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  • Braden from Arkansas

    The American Government and people should want to help other people in their pursuit of the ideals of freedom, human rights, and hope for the future.

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  • Abhi from Maryland

    Hong Kong was promised autonomy when the British transferred control of it to the Chinese. On top of that the protesters are fighting an oppressive regime that is the antithesis of the values the US was founded upon. It is the duty of the US government to provide support to these protesters that are the embodiment of the ideals we fight to protect.

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  • Payton from Pennsylvania

    They have rights to protest their government if they don’t like something about it just as much as we do. They also deserve to have all their demands met.

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  • Elijah from Kansas

    There are many dividing factors in the debate of America’s involvement in the recent Hong Kong protests. Both sides have a very fair argument, but it appears to me that it would be best that America stay out of this issue. Though an act of support towards the protests is not unconstitutional, it would not directly benefit the country. On top of this, American law does not apply to China, so even if the government supported the protests it would do little more than inspire protesters, lengthen the protests, and anger the Chinese Government. Since the late ’40s, the United States has been spreading democracy to nations all over the world in hopes to end communism. The two most notable moments being the Korean and Vietnam Wars, neither of which were a decisive victory by any stretch of the imagination. Many of the issues experienced during these wars came from poor foreign policy. Over $140,000 were spent and 90,000 American military personnel were killed during these two conflicts according to the National Archives and Congressional Researcher Service. This is the most tragic example of American involvement in foreign affairs going awry. We simply do not know how an act of congressional support to Hong Kong protesters will influence our economy, which in turn affects every American’s life. There is currently no clear end in sight to these protests and if the United States Government were to step in, there may be no end to the ongoing trade war. There is simply too much at stake for Congress to agitate our third-largest trading partner.

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  • Maia from Kentucky

    I am somewhere in the middle on this argument. I believe that the United States should protect democracy and lend a hand to those struggling for their rights all around the world. I think that as a major leading power in the world our opinion and our decisions will be modeled by other countries, not to mention it is in the moral code to help the people fight for their basic human rights. However, I do think that the U.S. needs to focus on its own issues right now, and we don’t need to be playing the role of the parent, trying to keep the peace between two squabbling siblings (China and Hong Kong). In addition to that, the U.S. doesn’t have a good historical record of being too helpful in these kinds of situations. Take the French Revolution for instance, or more recently our presence in the Middle East. If we were to deny Hong Kong our help and let them go, so what it’s not like we haven’t done something like that before. We flat out refused to help France when their revolution was taking place and they eventually worked out their own problems, but that was with a whole lot of bloodshed and that’s not something that needs to happen again, and maybe if we helped it wouldn’t. However, we did step in to help in the Middle East, and that didn’t get us very far, case in point, we still have troops on the ground over there trying to clean up the mess, or at this point contain it. Additionally, there’s a separate issue of the cause of the conflict altogether. Just like in WWI with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, this powder keg of a conflict was ignited by a murder. However, WWI didn’t actually start because of a murder, in fact, no one really cared that Ferdinand was gone, they just needed an excuse to bring the conflict to a full scale war, and that is exactly what they are trying to do in Hong Kong and China right now. Tensions were already piled high because China is itching to take over Hong Kong, without waiting for the “one country, two systems” deal to expire. They are trying to find any way they can to fully take over Hong Kong and that extradition order that the murder warrants would basically give China that ability. China is willing to use force to accomplish their objective, that much is clear. Consequently, the United States should be willing to step in if necessary, but only if absolutely necessary. I don’t think that we should waste our energy and resources on trying to prevent something that wants to happen, but if and when the time comes, we should stand with the people of Hong Kong, because it is the right choice to make.

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    The U.S. government should not support the Hong Kong protests because it could damage existing trade relationships with China. Also, the U.S. government was never intended to get involved in foreign disputes. George Washington even advised against it in his farewell address after leaving office in 1783. Although the U.S. is the Democratic superpower of the world and should promote this Democracy elsewhere, our government should not directly get involved in this situation.

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    The U.S. government should not support the Hong Kong protests because it could damage existing trade relationships with China. Also, the U.S. governme…

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  • joseph from Kentucky

    No I do not think that America should impede on the Hong Kong protest. The reason is that China is a big provider of goods to the United states and vice versa. So what happens if we were to help and China restricts a lot of the things America trades with them causing less income to the united states and less material goods.

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    No I do not think that America should impede on the Hong Kong protest. The reason is that China is a big provider of goods to the United states and vi…

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  • Jessica from Kentucky

    The US government should not support the Hong Kong protest against China. Although many people are fighting for their rights to keep living in a democracy, it is not our place to be involved in their government. The US government could suffer great consequences if they get involved. President Trump states that he will continue to stay silent about he protest as long as progress is still being made with trade. We should not sacrifice our government for something that we don’t need to get involved with. The U.S should only worry about what is happening in our country and things that need to be fixed.

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    The US should not waste supplies and people in another country. The US has enough problems as is, there is no need to add more problems. Human rights is a huge problem in China and Hong Kong but that is not something the US needs to deal with right now. We are currently going through the impeachment process. We should focus on our own problems and not those of others.

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    The US should not waste supplies and people in another country. The US has enough problems as is, there is no need to add more problems. Human rights …

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    This issue is something that I believe the US should stay out of. Not only is this an issue that would cause more debt for the US, and will take many years to resolve if it ever does get resolved. This will cause further issues between China and the US and may harm our trade agreements.

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    This issue is something that I believe the US should stay out of. Not only is this an issue that would cause more debt for the US, and will take many …

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  • Isabelle from Kentucky

    Although the United States supports the idea of democracy, it should not get involved with the relationship between China and Hong Kong. The United States has many internal problems of its own, and it should try to fix these before interfering with foreign affairs. The protests in Hong Kong are issues that support America’s view of democracy, however, their relationship with another country simply does not involve the US. Additionally, the United States should not risk its relationship with China over these protests because the United States is in debt to China. This solidifies my argument that America should work on solving its own problems and supporting Hong Kong could cause even more internal issues with our debt to China.

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  • Ethan from Kentucky

    Even though I believe that in what the Hong Kong Protesters are fighting for, but I don’t think that the US should intervene because it isn’t really any of our business, and if we do intervene it could result in a complication regarding us and mainland China. It could result in something like a war because of our giant debt with them and then putting us going up against them in something political it could cause some hostility.

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  • Erika from Texas

    In correlation to the Hong Kong protesters, I believe that the U.S. government should not get involved in the conflict in Hong Kong. By doing this and supporting the Hong Kong protesters, it would completely ruin our economy. China is our main source of trade, and if we support the protesters then China will feel as if we are threatening them. This will cut off any good relations that we would ever have with China. Being involved with this foreign affair would cause almost all trade to be cut off from the U.S. and make it harder to manufacture and export any goods. In Trump Signs Hong Kong Democracy Legislation, Angering China, China’s Foreign Ministry said “The ministry warned the United States against acting arbitrarily and said that any consequences would “be borne by the United States”. He is saying that being involved in this conflict would cause there to be backlash towards the U.S. However, even though we should help nations around the world, we should be mindful of the consequences. Therefore, the U.S. should not get involved and support the Hong Kong protesters.

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    In correlation to the Hong Kong protesters, I believe that the U.S. government should not get involved in the conflict in Hong Kong. By doing this and…

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    The United States should support Hong Kong’s protest, but we should not do anything about it. The Chinese government in unpredictable and may take away trade deals, and put sanctions on US products. It is not a foreign affair that we should deal with, but we should support it as we do show support for democracy. Dealing with this issue would make our relations with China even worse and could cause problems that we do not want to deal with. China is a military superpower and a war between China and the US would not be very pretty for either side. Economically it is not a good idea for the US to get involved. It is also not a good idea to get involved because it could potentially lead to unwanted war.

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  • Kyle from Kentucky

    Even if Hong Kong has good reason to protest which they do, the United States needs to stay out because it would send any good relations with China into a bad one. The United States would basically be going against China and they help the U.S. out a lot and to have them stop being there would hurt the U.S. in every way imaginable. Hong Kong is asking for the United States help trying to make things fair but if it will damage the relationship with China I don’t think they should help.

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    I do not think the US should join the cause and help Hong Kong gain their freedom from China. If the US did step in, it would ruin trade agreements with China. Doing this poses a much greater cost than if the US were to just not interfere with this issue at all. The Hong Kong-China issue should not be interfered with by foreign countries, as it is only a national issue.

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    I do not think the US should join the cause and help Hong Kong gain their freedom from China. If the US did step in, it would ruin trade agreements wi…

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  • Joey from Kentucky

    I feel as if we should just stay out of the whole situation. I feel as of there were mass amounts of people being harmed, then that is grounds to do something. I feel as if the US has too much to lose in a conflict with China. If we conflicted with China, many bad things, such as taxes, tariffs, etx, could affect many more US citizens than we could help in Hong Kong.

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  • Jackson from Kentucky

    No, the United States should not support the protestors. However, the United Nations should. The united states alone is not enough to stop China from violated agreements with other nations. China currently is attempting to find loopholes in the deal made with England over Hong Kong. The United Nations should not stand for violations of agreements because if they do China will try to get away with more and more in the future.

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  • David from Texas

    no, the U.S. government should not support the Hong Kong protesters because we are not responsible for them and they already have their own government. Why does the U.S. government have to help Hong Kong when the U.S. government is meant to govern the united states? the U.S. shouldn’t help them because we are not their government and they are not our problem

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    no, the U.S. government should not support the Hong Kong protesters because we are not responsible for them and they already have their own government…

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  • Serenity from Texas

    No because this can affect our relationship with the rest of china. I feel like we should strengthen our relationship with china instead of trying to protest. This can cause a war or many other things

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  • hannah from Texas

    In my opinion the U.S government should not support the Hong Kong protesters, because we should get involved in things that don’t really have anything to do with us. Also, we trade with china and if we get involved it might create bad blood with them and they might not want to trade with us. Another thing is we have an alliance with them so if we get into war or anything they might not help us, and overall it’s just better not get it involved.

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  • Erin from Kentucky

    No, because the US government would most likely upset mainland China if it supported Hong Kong considering they are against the protestors in Hong Kong. I feel that the US government should work to stay on good terms with China. While I do believe this, I also think that the rights of the people of Hong Kong should be respected.

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  • Garman from Texas

    While the Hong Kong protesters stand for a good cause, the United States interfering with foreign affairs would destroy any good relations with China, therefore cutting off all trade and any chance of manufacturing goods to export from the country. It is better for the US to sit this one out and not get involved so that they can avoid any conflict with our main trade ally no matter how noble the cause may be. Hong Kong is a very complex issue that China is dealing with, but what is going on does not concern foreign nations and no matter how noble the cause, it would est a bad precedent for the US to get involved.

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  • Victor from Texas

    n the case I agree with the answer of no. America always tries to get into other peoples civil disputes that lead to either many death or a war. Also the United States always gets involved with the same countries and for example, Mexico has gotten little to no help from America. And some people in Mexico has also been suffering. Also whenever the U.S gets involved in disputes this can lead to the death of our soldiers causing people to lose their loved ones.

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  • Chase from Virginia

    While helping would encourage the growth of democracy across the world, the United States should not support Hong Kong protestors. The U.S. has gotten involved in past wars where the citizens rose against the socialist government, and these have mixed outcomes. In the Vietnam war, there were so many American troops who were killed and when the forces left the country, the protestors got taken over. In the Korean war, while the U.S. did not lose, they did not win either they only kept communism at bay. These ventures have not typically worked out in the end, so getting involved in China’s issues, then it will lead to not only another loss to Americans, but also will come at a cost. There are not enough protestors in China to fight back, and the only thing that will help them win would be our involvement. While the U.S. is against communism and knows that its spread would only worsen the world and damage society, there are other things to consider. Giving support could cause China to enact a trade war and Americans would suffer because many of our goods come from there and it would also likely increase the cost. Giving support is more likely to hurt the U.S. instead of helping, which is why there should be no involvement in china dealing with the Hong Kong protestors.

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  • Alexander from California

    Interfering with the affairs of other countries hearkens to a protectionist era of Western Imperialism. Calls to interfere under the guise of “protecting democracy” are, in reality, a method of exerting US imperial influence. Every time the US acts as the World Police, they interfere with the sovereignty of other nations and waste domestic resources. We ought to reject calls for immediate, imperialist action and instead strengthen international channels of diplomacy in order work as an international community to solve this issue.

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  • Eric from New Jersey

    It’s not our job nor privilege to be meddling in other countries’ affairs, no matter how “noble” the cause may be. Add in the fact that the Hong Kong protestors are becoming increasingly violence (they recently set a man on fire simply for supporting Beijing), they are not worth the bill.

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