Meanwhile, back in Hong Kong…

The day after President Trump eliminated Qasem Soleimani, the world’s most dangerous terrorist, China announced that it was putting an official with a self-described record of “cleaning up the political ecology” on the mainland in charge of its operations in Hong Kong.

Luo Huining’s  installation seemed sudden, perhaps to exploit the United States’ preoccupation with the aftermath of Soleimani’s killing. Whatever its motivation, entrusting the Hong Kong portfolio at this sensitive time to someone with no background in the territory, but a record as a thuggish enforcer of Xi Jinping’s diktats, is ominous.

While we are understandably focused at last on the fact that Iran is at war with our country and has been for four decades – especially the 22 years Soleimani ran Tehran’s jihadist operations, we must be prepared to hold China accountable should it crack down on Hong Kong. 

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.