I am posting a qualified YES because I believe the US should lead in this area, though the current administration will not be the ones to do it. We need to resume our role as the LEADER of the free world, not behaving as we did in the past by strong arming countries at every turn and invading countries to establish our version of “democracy”, but assume a more effective role as the respecter of nations and national borders that works to INFLUENCE other nations to do likewise. As with our Congress, we do not have to like every other country, but we do need to respect their right to form their own governments in whatever way they see fit. And we need to respect their borders as well as work to demonstrate that they must respect ours. People in every corner of the globe respect the US as an example to follow in creating governments that represent their people and in which their people can directly participate. If we want world changes, a sincere effort on the part of all countries, especially the US, to coordinate efforts into real actions that can support and influence countries that struggle with how to implement governmental forms that work effectively for their particular needs could produce a greater overall cooperation and ensure a more stable peace worldwide.
In the case of Hong Kong, the proper influence over time may encourage China to see the true value of their window on the capitalist world and to be encouraged to manage it effectively rather than destroy it senselessly. It is our leadership that could accomplish this if we but set our minds and our foreign policy goals with mutual respect and influence rather than aggression.