The answer, of course, is obvious. But the US needs to reinstate its leadership in the Indo-Pacific theatre. How the Trump administration will follow up on Hong Kong will be keenly watched not just by Beijing, but also the wider audience in Asia who are in close proximity to the Chinese sphere of influence.
President Donald Trump said his administration would “begin the process” of revoking the US government’s preferential treatment of Hong Kong, including in trade. But, having issued a tough response, the US risks then being weak with its follow-up.