in Support of the People of Hong Kong
No population has expressed a greater desire for democracy than have the people of Hong Kong, through elections, opinion polls and peaceful demonstrations. No population is more prepared to enjoy the rights and undertake the responsibilities of democracy than the people of Hong Kong.
Far from leading to chaos, as the Chinese government has suggested, democracy will provide Hong Kong with the good governance needed for stability and economic prosperity. Democracy is the only way to ensure freedoms of association, expression, religion and the press.
Over the past few months, Beijing has intervened in Hong Kong's autonomy and curbed its democratic development. It has maligned Hong Kong's democracy activists as "unpatriotic," warned against "foreign interference," and sent Chinese navy vessels to Hong Kong harbor.
As Hong Kong's people prepare to march on July 1, and to vote in partially-democratic elections September 12, we express our support for the democratic rights of Hong Kong's people, including the right to determine their political development.
William Kristol Dick Thornburgh
Morton Abramowitz Andrew Y. Au Maureen Aung-Thwin
Carolyn Bartholomew Gary Bauer Robert Bernstein
Max Boot Ellen Bork Steven C. Clemons
Midge Decter Thomas Donnelly Nicholas Eberstadt
Robert W. Edgar Amitai Etzioni Jeffrey L. Fiedler
Jeffrey Gedmin Sam Gejdenson Merle Goldman
Bruce Jackson Robert Kagan Max M. Kampelman
Penn Kemble Craig Kennedy Harold Hongju Koh
Louis Kraar Anthony Lake Perry Link
Connie Mack James Mann Will Marshall
Derek Mitchell Wing C. Ng James C. O'Brien
Robert Pastor Danielle Pletka Norman Podhoretz
John Edward Porter Samantha F. Ravich Sophie Richardson
Kenneth Roth Randy Scheunemann Gary Schmitt
John Shattuck Sin-ming Shaw Stephen Solarz
Leonard R. Sussman John J. Sweeney John J. Tkacik, Jr.
Jennifer Windsor R. James Woolsey Minky Worden