Donald Trump has backed Xi Jinping to resolve the unrest in Hong Kong “quickly and humanely”, floating the possibility of meeting his Chinese counterpart personally to discuss the issue.
come under fire at home for his hands-off approach to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, called Mr Xi a "great leader".” data-reactid=”18″>The US president, who has come under fire at home for his hands-off approach to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, called Mr Xi a “great leader”.
By nightfall, police and protesters were again facing off on the streets, with riot officers shooting tear gas almost immediately as their response to demonstrators toughens.
Ten weeks of increasingly violent confrontation between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.” data-reactid=”20″>Ten weeks of increasingly violent confrontation between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
“I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people,” the US president tweeted at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“He is also a good man in a ‘tough business.’ I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?”
Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border.” data-reactid=”34″>A US State Department spokeswoman said earlier on Wednesday that the United States was “deeply concerned” about Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border.
The State Department’s expression of concern came after senior US lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties called on Mr Trump to take a tougher line with China as worries grew over a possible Chinese intervention.
Mr Trump, who has been seeking a major deal to correct trade imbalances with China, has faced criticism from Congress and elsewhere for not taking a stronger public line on Hong Kong and for his characterisation of the protests earlier this month as “riots” that were a matter for China to deal with.