Late Wednesday, President Trump tied a US trade deal with China to humane resolution of the weeks of protests wracking Hong Kong, hours after the State Department said it was “deeply concerned” about reports of movement of Chinese paramilitary forces along the Hong Kong border.
The State Department warned that continued erosion of the territory’s autonomy put at risk the preferential status it enjoys under US law.
President Trump’s Tweets suggested a personal meeting with Chinese President Xi to help resolve the crisis.
“Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong 1st!” President Trump Tweeted. “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?”
President Trump 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.
In his Tweets Wednesday, President Trump also said that his delay in 10% tariffs on more than $150-B in Chinese imports to 15 December from 1 September “will be reciprocated” by China and the “much good will come from the short deferral to December.”
Earlier Wednesday, the State Department issued a travel advisory urging “increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest.”
Flights resumed Wednesday at the Hong Kong international airport, 1 of the world’s busiest, which shut down for 2 days after demonstrators occupied it.