Protests have continued in Hong Kong, even as the territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam formally withdrew from consideration the bill that would have allowed residents of Hong Kong to be extradited to China for criminal trial.
Yet, just a day earlier, China’s President Xi reiterated his call—as the Wall Street Journal reported—“for a determined fight to overcome any risk or challenge that endangers Communist Party leadership or harms China’s sovereignty and security.”
So, who to believe? What should we expect from Beijing regarding Hong Kong? The only certainty is that the People’s Republic of China is playing the proverbial “long game.”
In response, we need a long-haul policy of containment and coexistence, speaking firmly but without provocation.
Beijing is developing another 100-year strategy.
Our response will require doing more than words. It will require ships and submarines, missiles and planes, and a cyber- and space force.
Is the United States really serious?
Xi is watching what we build, not what we say.