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China’s Move to Dismantle Hong Kong’s Autonomy Poses Dilemma for U.S. Policy

China’s plan to impose new controls on Hong Kong presents U.S. President Donald Trump with difficult choices between tolerating Beijing’s strongest incursion on the territory’s semiautonomy and meting out punishment without hurting its largely pro-Western population.

Under the plan Beijing introduced this week, China’s national legislature intends to align Hong Kong’s local legal system more closely with the domestic security laws that apply elsewhere in China. The move threatens to curb freedoms of speech and assembly and…

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