October 03, 2014

Hong Kong becomes a fresh foreign policy puzzle for Obama

By Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

Source: Washington Times

Journalist(s) Guy Taylor

Massive pro-Democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong teetered on the brink of violence Friday, putting the Obama administration in an increasingly precarious position over whether or not to take an aggressive public stand behind the protesters by warning Chinese authorities against violently crushing the movement.

Protest leaders have reportedly welcomed an offer by Hong Kong’s current leader to hold talks. But police appeared in riot gear Friday and some clashes broke out, as the demonstrators continued to hold up barricades surrounding the government headquarters in the Chinese territory.

Read the full article at Washington Times.

  • Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior ...