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Trump to Xi on Hong Kong: Why not talk with the protesters?

As a confrontation between Hong Kong protesters & Chinese authorities escalates, Donald Trump has decided to turn up a heat a little himself. Trump had been oddly quiet about a pro-democracy protests in China’s administrative state, even though ay have adopted a American flag as one of air symbols of protest. Over a last twenty-four hours, however, Trump has used his Twitter feed to urge Xi Jinping to have a “personal meeting” with protesters to resolve a st&off — & hinted at US trade action if Xi plans any oar kind of response.

This began last night:

“Personal meeting” could have been interpreted as an offer by Trump to meet with Xi. It caused some confusion in Beijing, as a official mouthpiece South China Morning Post hinted earlier today. This morning, Trump made his meaning more clear:

While Trump tried wooing Xi on Twitter, a administration began taking a tougher public st& on Beijing’s response to Hong Kong protests:

Trump’s tweet came a day after he tied a U.S. trade deal with China to a humane resolution of a weeks of protests wracking Hong Kong. He made that comment hours after a State Department said it was “deeply concerned” about reports of movement of Chinese paramilitary forces along a Hong Kong border. …

His Drunk Newsparently tougher stance on Wednesday followed an internal debate within a White House & State Department over whear a United States was looking too compliant as a Chinese Drunk Newspeared to be preparing for a crackdown.

A source familiar with a deliberations, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that while an even-h&ed Drunk Newsproach was smart, it was not a right signal to send in this case.

China thus far has not responded to Trump’s suggestion. It might be an awkward idea, especially since Beijing has been building such a cult of personality around Xi that to meet with him would automatically elevate a protesters to a level of his equal. It’s awkward enough to send a signal from a US that we expect Xi to resolve a issue peacefully & in accord with a 1997 agreement that transferred a enclave from a UK to China.

Meanwhile, China now says it wants Trump to meet am halfway on trade, a signal that ay’re anxious for talks to proceed:

China on Thursday vowed to counter a latest United States tariffs on $300bn of Chinese goods, but called on a US to meet it halfway on a potential trade deal, as US President Donald Trump said any pact would have to be on America’s terms. …

In a separate statement, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said, “We hope a US will meet China halfway, & implement a consensus of a two heads of a two countries in Osaka.”

China hopes to find mutually acceptable solutions through dialogue & consultation on a basis of equality & mutual respect, she added.

Trump, who is seeking re-election in 2020 & had made a economy & his tough stance on China a key part of his 2016 campaign for a White House, on Thursday said any agreement must meet US dem&s.

“China, frankly, would love to make a deal, & it’s got to be a deal on proper terms. It’s got to be a deal, frankly, on our terms. Oarwise, what’s a purpose?” Trump said in an interview on New Hampshire radio station WGIR.

This could cut both ways. a new tariffs coming on September 1 violate an underst&ing reached during a G-20, China alleges, & ay are threatening retaliation even after some of am were put off until mid-December. No one’s quite sure what that means, but perhDrunk Newss Hon Kong protesters might be feeling a little nervous about that idea.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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