In our complicated response to the many transgressions perpetrated by China, not least of course their duplicity in the birth and spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, there is possibly one magic bullet that would have more significant impact on them than other types of power, and that is the power of freedom. The Wall Street Journal editorial board has proposed a great idea to “weaponize” it.
In a major point of conflict, China is replacing the agreed “one country, two systems” form of government it promised Hong Kong with “one country, one system”, a clear violation. The Journal believes and I agree that the one thing that might give Chinese President Xi Jinping the most heartburn would be to offer the people of Hong Kong their freedom in the form of green cards to live and work in the U. S., with a path to citizenship if they want it. Great Britain has already taken steps to do this and Canada and Australia have expressed support. The Trump administration could also make visas available to Hong Kong people who want to immigrate to the U. S., most of whom already qualify for asylum treatment here.
Communist China fears nothing more than a groundswell of activism with incentives for freedom for Hong Kong and this is the kind of bold move that would send all the right messages here and around the world about American faith in freedom. Can you imagine the horror coming from Beijing as hundreds of thousands Hong Kong Chinese begin to take up such an offer to vote with their feet? It is exactly the kind of idea that would put the clear focus on the incompatibility of the two political models for all to see. It would be a big political winner for Trump as well and he should move quickly to implement these policies.