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 China: Trump’s olive branch followed by uppercut

16.08.19.  The strangest of things can and will happen in Donald Trump’s world. The US President has urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet personally with the protesters in Hong Kong, saying it would lead to an end to tensions that have seized the territory for weeks.
However, at the same time or there about this comes to light. The White House has appointed a Uygur-American academic to a top position on China policy in a move meant to put more pressure on China over mass detentions in the far western region of Xinjiang, analysts said. The appointment comes as Beijing faces intense international pressure over reports that up to one million Uygurs and other Muslims have been held in camps in Xinjiang, camps that Beijing says are vocational training centres. It also comes as China and the United States remain deadlocked in a trade war after more than a year of negotiations and tit-for-tat tariffs. That’s hard one to figure for any diplomat!Source: Wires

US President Donald Trump urges China’s Xi Jinping to meet Hong Kong protesters

The tweet came a day after he tied a US trade deal with China to a humane resolution of the weeks of protests wracking Hong Kong.
He made that comment hours after the State Department said it was “deeply concerned” about reports of movement of Chinese paramilitary forces along the Hong Kong border.
China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming suggested Beijing was ready to intervene, saying Hong Kong was being dragged “down a dangerous road”.
“We have enough solutions and enough power within the limit of the Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly,” he said, referring to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution adopted after the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.
“We hope this will end in an orderly way. In the meantime we are fully prepared for the worst.”
On Thursday, three senior Hong Kong police officers said they were not aware of any plans for Chinese forces to assist in controlling the demonstrations, but added they were unsure whether or not they would be informed of such a move ahead of time.
Mr Trump, who has been seeking a major deal to correct trade imbalances with China ahead of his 2020 re-election bid, has faced criticism from Congress and elsewhere for not taking a stronger public line on Hong Kong and for his characterization of the protests earlier this month as “riots” that were a matter for China to deal with.
His apparently tougher stance followed an internal debate within the White House and State Department over whether the United States was looking too compliant as the Chinese appeared to be preparing for a crackdown.
A source familiar with the deliberations, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that while an even-handed approach was smart, it was not the right signal to send in this case.
A statement from China’s foreign ministry on Thursday said Beijing had noted Mr Trump’s comment that Beijing needs to resolve the crisis in Hong Kong on its own.
Mr Trump said last month that Mr Xi had acted “very responsibly” in dealing with the protests.
The Financial Times newspaper reported earlier in July that the US president had agreed with Mr Xi at the Group of 20 summit in June to tone down criticism of China’s handling of the crisis.
On Wednesday, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared to back this approach in a CNBC interview.
“The president has made clear that he is watching very carefully what’s happening,” Mr Ross said. “The question is what role is there for the US in that manner? This is an internal matter.”
White House national security adviser John Bolton told the Voice of America later on Wednesday that he understood the mood in Congress was “very volatile” with regard to the Hong Kong issue, and warned that “a misstep by the Chinese government, I think, would cause an explosion on Capitol Hill”.
Protests that began in early June have paralysed parts of the territory, including its international airport, and led to more than 700 arrests.
The largely peaceful rallies attended by tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents have increasingly concluded in clashes between some protesters and police.

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  • Thunder 16/08/2019, 5:51 am

    All Communist Leaders that agree to meet with any protesters is a Death Sentence for them.
    Every Communist Regime that met with their opposition have wound up DEAD !!
    Everytime………….!!
    DICTATOR XI will have them…..Shot Out of Hand………

    And the Western Media will mumble a quiet ” Oh dear “………

  • luk1955 16/08/2019, 6:38 am

    The rallies will remain peaceful until the police or military interfere. Then once these militarised forces enter the scene there will be violence.

  • Penguinite 16/08/2019, 7:10 am

    I can see another Tiananmen eventuating! Thank goodness Hawke or Labor are not in power or we’d be swamped by Chinese, oops we already are!

  • Pensioner Pete 16/08/2019, 7:58 am

    The Chinese Communists have slaughtered more of their own than the Nazis could have ever dreamed of, yet the world, essentially remains silent. Why?

    All it takes is for other powerful nations to act together to bring this murderous regime to heel and allow the Chinese people to overthrow these murderers and install a democratic government.

  • Cliff 16/08/2019, 11:21 am

    Mr Xi has been made President for Life. It may be Politically Incorrect to say this, but I find myself hoping that it will be a very short life. Life for many people currently outside of China’s direct control will not be good if he continues on his present course.

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