Washington DC, August 16: United States President Donald Trump has on Thursday expressed great concern about the risk of China’s crackdown on Hong Kong, suggesting Leader Xi Jinping should pursue extraordinary actions like participating in sit-in demonstrations with protesters in order to deescalate the heightened tensions in the city.
Late on Thursday, Trump told reporters, “I am concerned,” in New Jersey before making his way to a campaign march.
Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst situation as protesters continue to take to the streets and airports to hold demonstrations against a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspects in the city to be sent to mainland China for court prosecution.
The US president urged Xi to negotiate with anti-extradition bill protesters, stating: “I would be willing to bet that if he sat down with the protesters… I’ll bet he’d work it out in 15 minutes.”
However, Rory Green, a China specialist at TS Lombard economic and political research group, rejected Trump’s suggestion, saying China and the protesters were unlikely to reach an arrangement.
Trump also said, “We’ll be speaking to him very soon. I really believe he can work it out. I know him well. If he wants to he can work that out in a very humane fashion.”