Pompeo says Hong Kong violence would make China trade deal 'more difficult'

20 August 2019

(Sharecast News) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned Beijing that a violent crackdown on protests in Hong Kong would make a trade deal between the US and China "more difficult".
Speaking to <em>CNBC</em>, Pompeo stressed that he remained positive that negotiations could move forward but warned Chinese Premier Xi Jinping that President Trump had said that a trade deal would be very hard if police action against protestors resembled "another Tiananmen Square".

Hong Kong has been rocked by pro-democracy protests that are now entering their third month, after having been kick-started by a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong to send criminal suspects to China for trial.

The weekend saw further marches, with organisers stating that 1.7m turned up at a pro-democracy rally on Sunday, though official police figures offered a far lower number of 128,000 attendees.

While a violent crackdown is seen as unlikely, Beijing has been referring to the protests with increasingly harsh rhetoric and has stationed thousands of armed police across the border in Shenzhen.