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Old Today, 10:51 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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"If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!"
- President Trump publicly tweeted on Aug. 15, 2019

That is hilarious. Chairman Xi is the one who has been steadily eroding Hong Kong subjects' rights and reneging on the freedoms "granted" to them in the documents ceding Hong Kong to China from the British.

Suggesting that he meet with the protesters themselves, and that an "enlightened ending" would result, is comedy at its finest. Rather like suggesting that Hitler meet with the Jews who disagreed with him in 1937, and that an "enlightened ending" would result.

Trump is doing it, of course, so that when no meeting takes place and things get worse in HK, Trump can point out that Xi never tried, and can start asking him why not. And point out that the troubles are the fault of Xi and his political backers.

Only Trump would have the courage to try such an approach. Too bad that any attempts to divert China from putting a heavy boot on Hong Kong's neck, will fail no matter who tries them.
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Old Today, 10:52 AM
 
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Old Today, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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"If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!"
- President Trump publicly tweeted on Aug. 15, 2019

That is hilarious. Chairman Xi is the one who has been steadily eroding Hong Kong subjects' rights and reneging on the freedoms "granted" to them in the documents ceding Hong Kong to China from the British.

Suggesting that he meet with the protesters themselves, and that an "enlightened ending" would result, is comedy at its finest. Rather like suggesting that Hitler meet with the Jews who disagreed with him in 1937, and that an "enlightened ending" would result.

Trump is doing it, of course, so that when no meeting takes place and things get worse in HK, Trump can point out that Xi never tried, and can start asking him why not. And point out that the troubles are the fault of Xi and his political backers.

Only Trump would have the courage to try such an approach. Too bad that any attempts to divert China from putting a heavy boot on Hong Kong's neck, will fail no matter who tries them.
The problem for China is that they could kill the goose than is laying the golden egg in terms of Hong Kong and companies can easily relocate to other economic centres in Asia, such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur which is investing in a vast new island scheme.

It was British and Portugese lack of interference and encouragement of fee trade that led to places such as Hong Kong and Macau in the first place.
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Old Today, 11:04 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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The problem for China is that they could kill the goose than is laying the golden egg in terms of Hong Kong and companies can easily relocate to other economic centres in Asia, such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur which is investing in a vast new island scheme.
A few years ago Chairman Xi and his backers enacted a law that no Chinese person can take more than $10,000 (or its equivalent in Chinese yuan) out of the country. Any reason to think that won't be extended to HK (if it isn't already) if the protesters keep up their protests?

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It was British and Portugese lack of interference and encouragement of fee trade that led to places such as Hong Kong and Macau in the first place.
"Lack of interference and encouragement of free trade" is the exact opposite of what Xi has in mind. In the last several years, he has reversed China's policy (since Deng Xiaoping) of letting the Chinese people do what they want economically. Don't expect that reversal to abate any time soon.
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