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China rejects Trump’s criticism over Hong Kong and trade

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Chinese government on Wednesday rejected comments by US President Donald Trump, who called on the United Nations to respect freedoms in Hong Kong and stop its “excesses” in the commercial sector.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang condemned the “incorrect remarks” made by the US president on Tuesday.

Trump criticized China on Tuesday, saying it should “protect the freedom and order of Hong Kong.”

But Ging said the United States should “meet China halfway” and called for the two countries to “address and control their differences on the basis of mutual respect.”

Ging also criticized a US State Department conference to highlight the suffering of ethnic Uighurs living in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and human rights groups say one million are being held in rehabilitation centers.

“I want to stress that the Xinjiang issue is not religious and not related to human rights, but rather the issue of fighting secession and terrorism,” Ging said.

“Xinjiang continues to prosper, its stability, national unity, social harmony … and all the malicious slander and distortion by the United States and other useless countries,” he said.

The conference was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to seek support “to demand an immediate end to and forcing the appalling crackdown on China,” said John Sullivan, the number two in the US mission.

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