Trump: Crackdown in Hong Kong would affect trade

Trump: Crackdown in Hong Kong would affect trade

Aug 19, 2019

Washington [USA] August 19: US President Donald Trump has indicated that US-China trade negotiations would be affected if Beijing were to use violence to quell demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Trump was speaking to reporters in New Jersey on Sunday.
He expressed concern over "another Tiananmen Square" incident, referring to the military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing in 1989.
Trump said if Beijing took that option, it would be difficult to sign a trade deal with China. He indicated that US Congress would further harden its attitude toward the country, disrupting the environment for negotiations.
Trump said he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping will be able to settle the issue by talking to the demonstrators.
He said he wants the situation in Hong Kong to be settled in a humanitarian fashion, which would be a positive development for a trade deal.
Trump is expected shortly to speak on the telephone with Xi and urge for a peaceful solution.
Source: NHK