“But you have to demonstrate your solidarity — that whatever relations you have with China, you will not sacrifice your sympathy, your friendship, your solidarity with Hong Kong.”
Conversely, he warned that dissidents will “feel absolutely helpless” if they see the free world largely abstaining for the sake of realpolitik.
Hong Kong protesters hold up blank placards outside a courthouse on July 3.
When it comes to Hong Kong, encroachments on freedoms should have serious consequences, he advised.
“It will be in your interest to refuse free exchange, to refuse free trade with China, to link all this to their behavior toward Hong Kong,” Sharansky said.