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Trump warns China over trade and Hong Kong

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump warned China on Tuesday that the era of trade “irregularities” is over, calling on Beijing on the other hand to respect the “democratic way of life” in Hong Kong.

“Over the years, these abuses have been tolerated, ignored and even encouraged,” Trump said at the UN General Assembly in New York. “This time is over for Americans.”

The President of the United States said that he was following “closely” the situation in Hong, and called on Beijing to “protect freedoms” in the former British colony.

“The world strongly expects the Chinese government to respect its binding treaty with the British, enshrined in the United Nations, in which China is committed to protecting Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic way of life,” he said.

In his third speech from the UN forum, the US president stressed that “the way China will decide to deal with the situation (in Hong Kong) will tell us a lot about its future role in the world.”

This is one of the strongest warnings issued by Trump since the crisis erupted in Hong Kong more than three months ago.

The White House has so far left the State Department to ask Beijing to respect its treaty with London, which gives Hong Kong a “high degree of autonomy” and mandates that mainland China respect the independence of the judicial, legislative and executive system in the region and its “way of life.”

“We all count on President Xi as a great leader,” he said.

In his speech, Bush renewed condemnation of China’s “violations” in trade matters and called for “radical” WTO reform.

“Over the years, these (Chinese in international trade) abuses have been tolerated, ignored and even encouraged,” he said, adding that “this time is over for the Americans.”

The Republican president did not brag about the tariffs he imposed on Chinese goods, which triggered a trade war between the two countries, and reiterated the hope that the two countries to conclude “a mutually beneficial agreement.”

“But as I said very clearly, I will not accept a bad deal for the American people,” the Republican billionaire said.

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