President Trump's signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act should remind us of how things have changed in 30 years; and the negative consequences that can follow when a President does not look reality in the face and act accordingly. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush vetoed a bill which tied trade to China’s human rights and economic and proliferation policies. The House overrode the veto (the bill was sponsored by Nancy Pelosi), but the Senate did not.
Some day a book will be written about the Bush-Clinton-Bush duopoly that mangled U.S. policy toward China, and gave all the advantages of the “relationship” to China, at great expense to the U.S.
posted on 12/05/2019 8:58:17 AM PST
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