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WorldTrump, in Praising Xi, Links Hong Kong Protests to Trade War

04:25  15 august  2019
04:25  15 august  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests The United States on Wednesday issued an advisory warning people about traveling to Hong Kong, urging visitors to “exercise increased caution” because of “confrontational” protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The alert by the State Department comes two days after a general strike and widespread demonstrations shook the city, and as Chinese officials have warned about the continuing unrest. “Since June 2019, several large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong,” the advisory warned. “Most have been peaceful, but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes.

Donald Trump has praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping over his handling of the protests in Hong Kong , after a weekend that saw police fire tear gas at “I think [China] could stop them if they wanted . . . I’m not involved in it very much but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly, very responsibly

HONG KONG — Since he took power seven years ago, President Xi Jinping has faced a growing din of foreign condemnation over his government’s human rights record, a trade war that has sapped China’s strength and now, for a second time, mass protests in the streets of Hong Kong .

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump made what seemed to be an overture to the Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a series of tweets on Wednesday night that linked the protests in Hong Kong to the continuing trade conflict between the U.S. and China.

Trump, in Praising Xi, Links Hong Kong Protests to Trade War© Bloomberg President Trump Departs White House For New York

Trump praised Xi as “a great leader” who wants to “quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem.” The president ended that post with “Personal meeting?" without clarifying whether he was suggesting a summit with Xi.

In a tweet sent shortly before that, Trump wrote that “of course China wants to make a trade deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”

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And Trump in July seemed to side with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he's often praised , over the protesters . The protests in Hong Kong began weeks ago over a controversial extradition law proposed by China, and have evolved into a broader indictment of Beijing's authority as protesters

US President Donald Trump on Monday praised Beijing's handling of pro -democracy protests in Hong Kong , a day after suspected triad "I'm not involved in it very much but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly, very responsibly," said Trump , who last year began a trade war with

He also said that his decision to hold off on imposing new tariffs on China until December “actually helps China more than us, but will be reciprocated. Millions of jobs are being lost in China to other non-Tariffed countries.”

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The White House had no immediate comment on the tweets, which were posted hours after U.S. equities plunged as a Treasury yield curve inverted, heightening fears of a recession. The trade dispute with China has contributed to the rising anxiety, which arrived at a difficult time for Trump, who has based his re-election strategy on a robust economy.

Earlier: Trump Bows to Economic Fears in Move to Delay China Tariffs

Attempting to carry out diplomacy over social media, however, carries risks.

Even suggesting a link between the trade dispute and the Hong Kong unrest will feed suspicions in Beijing that the U.S. is seeking to leverage China’s domestic crisis as part of broader strategy to check its rise. China has in recent weeks attempted to paint the U.S. as a “black hand” behind the protests, with a front-page commentary in the Communist Party’s People Daily newspaper saying Thursday that the goal of such forces was fomenting a “color revolution.”

Trump, in Praising Xi, Links Hong Kong Protests to Trade War© Getty Images via Bloomberg Unrest In Hong Kong During Anti-Government Protests

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump tried to deflect criticism of his trade agenda by lashing out at Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and blamed his policies for the bad news in the markets.

He repeated his criticism that the U.S. is being harmed by the Fed not lowering interest rates quickly enough relative to other countries.

--With assistance from Brendan Scott and Jennifer Jacobs.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Harney in Washington at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at [email protected], Daniel Ten Kate

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YouTube pulls hundreds of channels tied to Hong Kong influence campaign.
On Monday, both Twitter and Facebook announced they'd blocked accounts from China that were involved in disinformation attempts around protests in Hong Kong. Now YouTube revealed it has disabled 210 channels this week that "behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong." Google Security's Shane Huntley did not identify a source for the channels in the post, but said this discovery was "consistent" with Facebook and Twitter's actions related to China.

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