US President Donald Trump said Sunday that any violence in Hong Kong would increase tensions between China and the US, reported The Epoch Times.
China previously accused the US of interfering with its domestic affairs and said that the US lawmakers were “violating the spirit of the rule of law.” However, many US government officials voiced their support for protesters in Hong Kong, who entered their 11th week demanding the city government to withdraw the extradition bill and to conduct an independent investigation into law enforcement officers’ actions and violence towards protesters.
“I think it’d be very hard to deal if they do violence, I mean, if it’s another Tiananmen Square,” said President Trump noting that he supported democracy and liberty in the city of Hong Kong.
The latest peaceful protest, which took place on Sunday, was attended by almost 2 million Hong Kong citizens, who walked the streets of the city despite the heavy rain.
“I’d like to see Hong Kong worked out in a very humanitarian fashion,” Trump stated. “I hope President Xi can do it. He sure has the ability; I can tell you that, from personal knowledge.”
Last week President Trump wrote on his Twitter that China should resolve issues in Hong Kong humanely if it wants to proceed with the trade deal. “Of course China wants to make a deal,” he wrote. “Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”
..deferral to December. It actually helps China more than us, but will be reciprocated. Millions of jobs are being lost in China to other non-Tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2019
President Trump introduced 10-percent tariffs on Chinese goods, which were supposed to go into effect in September. However, tariffs on some of the goods were postponed till December.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website