Trump suggests commerce deal can watch for Hong Kong decision

AP Analysis: Moving to make immigration whiter, wealthier
August 15, 2019
GoPro’s Hero 8 and Max 360 digital camera pictured in new leak
August 16, 2019

Trump suggests commerce deal can watch for Hong Kong decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recommended Wednesday that commerce talks with China can wait till tensions in Hong Kong have eased, tweeting: “Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”

Trump additionally praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling him a “great leader” and saying he might shortly resolve the unrest in Hong Kong if he wished to. “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?” Trump tweeted.

Trump has beforehand stated little in regards to the protests within the semi-autonomous Chinese metropolis, besides to make it clear he believes that Hong Kong and China have to “deal with that themselves.” He has urged the 2 sides to train warning and voiced hopes that the scenario will likely be resolved peacefully.

His extra intensive feedback Wednesday got here as U.S. inventory markets tumbled, partially due to uncertainty over Trump’s commerce standoff with Beijing. Investors have additionally been rattled in regards to the widespread protests in Hong Kong. Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s airport after two days of disruptions that descended into clashes with police.

While Trump has been reticent to take sides, some Republican and Democratic members of Congress have voiced their assist for the protesters. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for instance, issued a press release final week saying that “dreams of freedom, justice and democracy can never be extinguished by injustice and intimidation.”

The demonstrations are towards what many Hong Kong residents see as an rising erosion of the freedoms they had been promised in 1997 when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony.

Trump stated he is aware of Xi nicely and referred to as him a “great leader who very much has the respect of his people.”

Trump additionally voiced optimism in regards to the off-again, on-again commerce negotiations with China. Administration officers publicly and privately have voiced beliefs {that a} commerce deal remains to be a methods off even because the president voices frustration in regards to the lack of progress. Unhappy with the tempo of negotiations, Trump introduced two weeks in the past that the U.S. would apply 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports, starting Sept. 1. But the administration moved Tuesday to delay the tariffs on a variety of Chinese-made merchandise, together with cellphones, laptop computer computer systems, some toys, pc screens, footwear and clothes. And it’s eradicating different gadgets from the listing primarily based “on health, safety, national security and other factors.”

Trump tweeted that delaying the tariffs would assist China greater than the U.S. “The American consumer is fine with or without the September date, but much good will come from the short deferral to December.”

Comments are closed.