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NY Times: Trump Sides With Hong Kong Protests for China Leverage

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Secondary school students cover their right eye as they hold up their phone torches while attending a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong. (Anthony Wallace/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:10 PM

President Donald Trump is showing greater solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong to gain leverage in trade talks with China, The New York Times reports.

The shifting stance comes after months of Trump administration officials describing the Hong Kong uprising as an internal matter for China in order not to offend President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party officials.

Now Trump believes it is to his advantage to jump into the Hong Kong fray while pushing Beijing to bend to Washington's trade terms.

The change in tone was especially apparent in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's interview on Fox News on Monday, when he accused China of violating promises it made to Hong Kong and commitments about protecting human rights.

"When we try to negotiate a trade agreement with them," Pompeo said, "we've tried to put in processes that ensure we have the opportunity to verify because we need to make sure that we don’t suffer from China breaking a promise or have to watch Chinese disinformation about the agreement that's entered into."

Some believe the White House is sending the message a violent crackdown in Hong Kong along the lines of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre would damage China's reputation around the world, making it all but impossible to resume trade discussions.

"Showing support for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Hong Kong could potentially give the U.S. a stronger hand in trade negotiations, under the assumptions that Beijing wants a trade deal badly enough and wants to maintain Hong Kong's special status in its trade with the U.S.," Eswar Prasad, the former head of the International Monetary Fund's China division, told the Times.

Others are skeptical and think the new links among trade, human rights and Hong Kong could backfire.

"The U.S. government has to be careful not to do things that could be portrayed as inciting riots," Michael Pillsbury, a China expert at the Hudson Institute and an informal adviser to the president, told the Times. "What the Trump assessment team in Beijing is trying to figure out is the grand strategy. Is Trump trying to overthrow the party, or is it just about trade?"

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To gain leverage in trade talks with China, President Donald Trump is showing greater solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, according to The New York Times.
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