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TRUMP MUTE ON COMMUNIST CHINA CRACKDOWN ON HK

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POLITICO

Trump
is harsh on China, except when it comes to democracy

In
the past week, President Donald Trump has described China’s trade
practices as “an anchor on us,” saying Beijing is “killing us”
and wants to “hurt” U.S. Jobs. Yet as Chinese officials
increasingly hint at a potentially violent crackdown on pro-democracy
demonstrators in Hong Kong, Trump has remained largely silent. The
bifurcated approach is just the latest example of what former U.S.
officials and analysts say are Trump’s transactional approach to
foreign policy and comfort with authoritarian rule. Even though the
president’s own aides are sending a more forceful message on
situations like the Hong Kong protests, they add, it’s a message
that will inevitably get lost amid Trump’s comments — or lack
thereof. “Trump is telling [Chinese President] Xi Jinping very
clearly: ‘Do whatever you want in Hong Kong. All I care about is a
trade deal,’” argued Michael Fuchs, a former State Department
official in the Obama administration. What Trump aides say means
“nothing when the president is making his own position very clear
again and again and again.”

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