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Trump says Xi can 'quickly and humanely solve' Hong Kong standoff

Protesters have staged 10 weeks of relentless protests to demand greater freedoms in Hong Kong, including rallies that paralysed the semi-autonomous city's airport

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China’s President Xi Jinping with US President Donald Trump at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People 	File photo: reuters
China’s President Xi Jinping with US President Donald Trump | File photo: Reuters

US President has said that can "humanely" resolve the violent standoff with protesters in Hong Kong and appeared to suggest meeting the Chinese leader.

"I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it," Trump tweeted on Wednesday from vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"Personal meeting?" he added in what appeared to be an idea for offering his own help to Xi directly.

Protesters have staged 10 weeks of relentless protests to demand greater freedoms in Hong Kong, including rallies that paralysed the semi-autonomous city's airport, one of the world's busiest travel hubs.

The United States has said it is "deeply concerned" over Chinese security force movements on the border with Hong Kong and urged Beijing to honour the territory's autonomy.

Under a 1997 deal that saw Hong Kong return to China from British colonial rule, the city is meant to have far greater liberties than those allowed on the mainland.

First Published: Thu, August 15 2019. 05:45 IST
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