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U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Scanpix

Donald Trump tok søndag demokrati-forkjempernes parti og advarte Xi Jinping mot å bruke makt mot demonstrantene i Hongkong. Det kan få følger for handelsforhandlingene, advarte Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Beijing that any violent crackdown in Hong Kong on protesters would harm the ongoing trade talks between the two countries.

“I think it’d be very hard to deal if they [China] do violence, I mean, if it’s another Tiananmen Square,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Aug. 18. He added that he supported liberty and democracy in Hong Kong.

Det er modig av Trump å stille seg på demonstrantenes side. Det er noe Beijing sterkt misliker. De har påstått at USA står bak demonstrasjonene. Nå tar Trump åpent stilling.

Det er ikke første gang han knytter handelsforbindelser og respekt for demokratiske rettigheter.

This is not the first time that Trump has tied the situation in Hong Kong with the trade talks.

In a Twitter post on Aug. 14, Trump wrote: “Of course, China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!

Barack Obama gjorde ingenting da Iran eksploderte i demonstrasjoner forsommeren 2009. Demonstrantene var rasende over det som åpenbart var grov valgfusk. Etter å ha fått summet seg, mobiliserte regimet Basji-militsen som fikk frie tøyler. Obama sa ingenting.

Trump appellerer til Xi Jinping og sier Kina har alt å vinne på en fredelig løsning.

“I’d like to see Hong Kong worked out in a very humanitarian fashion,” Trump said. “I hope President Xi can do it. He sure has the ability, I can tell you that, from personal knowledge.” The president added that such a humanitarian conclusion would be “very good for the trade deal.”

 

Trump Warns Beijing That Violent Crackdown in Hong Kong Would Harm Trade Talks

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