Since Chinese troops are now massing in Shenzhen in response to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, I feel we should be discussing what this means and how the world should respond. So if China moves troops into Hong Kong to suppress the protests, what should the world's response be? We the West like to profess our commitment to democracy, but just how far are we really willing to go to protect it? Right now the people of Hong Kong are not only fighting for democracy, but they are practically begging the other democracies of the world to come to their aid. As an American, I do feel we should be compelled to do something to help them in their struggle against a large, powerful tyrannical government. Not only because it's the right thing to do, but because of our own history. France answered our call for aid when we were fighting our freedom, so it only seems right that we do the same for Hong Kong. And it shouldn't just be the US either. Europe needs to get its head out of the sand and back us up in standing up to China. Right now China still needs access to Western markets to fuel their economy. So I say if China makes a move against Hong Kong, Western nations should cut China off completely. Full trade embargo. Hell, maybe even go old school and blockade all their ports. Despite recent modernizations, the Chinese navy still isn't a match for the combined naval might of the US and Europe. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I truly think we need to start treating China the same way we treated Japan after they invaded Manchuria. Cut them off economically and force them to either change or start a war they can't win.