Trump links trade negotiations with China to Hong Kong crisis

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday linked the trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing to settle the crisis in Hong Kong for more than two months, expressing the hope that China will act “humanitarian”.

“In China, millions of jobs are gone and they go to duty-free countries and thousands of companies are leaving this country,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “China certainly wants an agreement (with the United States) but to act humanely with Hong Kong first,” he said.

Shortly afterwards, Trump wrote a different tweet in which he said Chinese President Xi Jinping could resolve the crisis resulting from the confrontation between the government and protesters in Hong Kong in a “humane” way, and proposed a meeting with the Chinese leader.

“I know Chinese President Xi Jinping very well. He is a great leader who is respected by his people. He is also good ‘on hard issues’,” Trump said. “I have no doubt that President Xi wants to resolve the Hong Kong problem quickly and in a humane way. He is capable.” To do so. ”

He added the words “personal encounter?” At the end of his tweet, he seemed to go directly to the Chinese president.

The president faces criticism from all sides in the United States for his stance on pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong and avoiding criticism of Beijing in the context of the unprecedented crisis in the city.

So far, the Trump administration has been cautious in its stance on the crisis in Hong Kong, although it has been engaged in months of direct trade confrontation with China, military diplomatic competition in the Asia-Pacific region and human rights disagreements.

The US secrecy has led some observers to question, without citing specific data, whether the Republican billionaire is prepared to ignore a possible Chinese repression of the Hong Kong demonstrations in exchange for progress in trade negotiations.

Protesters have been holding demonstrations in Hong Kong for 10 weeks to demand more freedoms, including sit-ins that paralyzed the city’s airport, one of the busiest in the world.

The United States on Wednesday expressed concern over the movement of Chinese troops on the border with Hong Kong, and called on Beijing to honor its commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration to allow Hong Kong to exercise “the highest degree of autonomy.”

Under the 1997 agreement, which saw Hong Kong return from British colonial rule to China, the city aims to enjoy broader freedoms than those allowed on the Chinese mainland.

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