The US has a role to play in the escalating Hong Kong crisis – as a moderating force
- Washington is not the ‘black hand’ Beijing believes it to be. But neither should it wash its hands of the crisis, as Trump has apparently done
- However limited its role, the US should be urging restraint on all sides and highlighting the credible repercussions beyond Hong Kong of any crackdown
David M. Lampton is Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Centre, former dean of faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and former president of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His most recent book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was recently reissued in its second edition.