Is Trade A Tool For Pressuring China To Improve Human Rights?

Is Trade A Tool For Pressuring China To Improve Human Rights?

China’s human rights violations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and against Uyghur have drawn criticism. Trade may be a tool to force China’s hand.

Anjali Krishnan

In 1989, the Chinese government violently crushed the student-led protest and pro-democracy movement at Tiananmen Square. To date, there is no consensus on how many hundreds or thousands lost their lives when the Peoples’ Liberation Army turned its assault rifles and tanks on its citizens, mostly students.

Today, China is the world’s fastest-growing and largest economy. It is a leading manufacturer and global trader, and holds vast foreign exchange reserves. The Chinese government is aggressively pursuing a largely hegemonic agenda intent on being a superpower.