At a banquet in Hong Kong, Kamm makes a daring appeal for the release of Yao Yongzhan – a student protestor – to a senior Chinese official. The next week, Kamm testifies before Congress regarding China’s “Most Favored Nation” status. Speaking on behalf of American business interests in Hong Kong, Kamm calls on Congress to refrain from placing sanctions on China. His argument – that withdrawing MFN from China would cause massive collateral damage to Hong Kong – was cited by President George H. W. Bush in his May 24, 1990 statement renewing China’s MFN. Soon after, Yao is released from detention.