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!
Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:
-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner
-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers
-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and is free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner
-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly