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International News
Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet pro-democracy demonstrators
 
Washington: US President Donald Trump has urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet the anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong, who have been demanding democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub, to resolve the problem "humanely."

Hong Kong, a former British colony, has witnessed unprecedented turmoil for weeks, with pro-democracy protesters causing chaos at the international airport earlier this week.

Trump had previously appeared to suggest that he himself should meet Xi to discuss the crisis in Hong Kong which was sparked by opposition to a bill that would have allowed extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China.

Asserting that the US is "having a very good discussion" on a trade deal with China, Trump told reporters at the Morristown airport in New Jersey that he will speak with Chinese President Xi "very soon".

Trump said, he will sook speak to President Xi. "We have a call scheduled soon -- President Xi. We'll be speaking to him very soon," he said.

In a tweet, Trump said he had "ZERO doubt" that Xi could "humanely solve the Hong Kong problem".

He (Xi) can work something that everybody is happy," Trump said in response to a question.

But, China has rejected foreign intervention in Hong Kong, saying that Beijing needs no outside help in resolving its internal affairs.

Trump also tied the protests to a US trade deal with China, in the face of ongoing trade tensions.

The US president claimed that China is doing very poorly as a result of the trade war with America and the "longer it goes on, the stronger we get".

The Trump administration and China have been clashing for more than a year over allegations that China steals US intellectual property rights, pressures American companies to hand over technology and unfairly subsidises the country's own companies.

The US has imposed tariffs on USD 250 billion on Chinese goods. In retaliation, China has imposed tariffs on USD 110 billion on US products.

"I think the longer the trade war goes on, the weaker China gets and the stronger we get. We're taking in massive amounts of money. Billions and billions of dollars. And I think the longer it goes, the stronger we get. I have a feeling it's going to go fairly short," Trump said.

As a result of the trade war, he said, China is doing very poorly.

"The tariffs have really bitten into China. They haven't bitten into us at all -- except for the reporters that want to make it look that way, but they don't understand what's happening," he said.

"The tariffs, we've taken in close to USD 60 billion in tariff money. The consumer has not paid for them. Now, at some point, they may have to pay something. But they understand that," he said.

China has lost millions of jobs, Trump said adding that thousands of companies are closing in China.

"China has taken out over USD 500 billion a year for many years from our country. And that's not going to happen anymore," he said.

At the same time, he said, the US is having a very good discussion on a trade deal with China. We're having very good discussions with China. They very much want to make a deal.


China says significant drop in coronavirus cases; death toll climbs to 1,665
Two more Indians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan
France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia
Making efforts to disembark Indians from cruise ship after quarantine period ends: Indian Embassy
Erdogan raises Kashmir in Pak Parliament, says issue close to both countries
Born on a boat: new baby among 87 rescued off Canary Islands
China rejects US charge of lack of transparency in sharing coronavirus info
China''s coronavirus death toll nears 1,500
Narayana Murthy''s son-in-law Rishi Sunak named new British finance minister
British finance minister Javid quits in reshuffle
Nepal shuts resort where 8 Indian tourists died
Trump says looking forward to visiting India
VIRUS Coronavirus death toll in China crosses 1,000
At least 15 refugees drown after boat sinks off Bangladesh
Sudanese official says al-Bashir to be handed over to ICC
Thai city copes with sorrowful fallout from mass shooting
Soldiers and police enter El Salvador's parliament
EU calls emergency talks on new coronavirus
Hong Kong border towns welcome virus controls, despite trade hit
US presidency gains more power with Trump's acquittal
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
 Los Angeles: Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix finally ended his dry run at the Oscars as he picked up  
'Batman' script is beautiful, dark and moving: Colin Farrell
Scriptwriting is underrated: Ayushmann Khurrana
Abhishek Bachchan starts filming 'Bob Biswas'
KERALA NEWS
Surendran new Kerala BJP President
 Thiruvananthapuram: Young firebrand leader K Surendran has been named as the President of BJP Kerala
Student who tested Positive for coronavirus discharged
CM Assembly Election : Kerala CM congrats Arvind Kejriwal for AAP''s victory
Coronavirus: 15 Kerala students stranded in China's Hubei reach Kochi
NATIONAL NEWS
Kejriwal calls ministers-designate for dinner ahead of swearing-in, discusses development roadmap
 New Delhi: On the eve of his swearing-in as chief minister of Delhi, AAP national convener Arvind Ke
Shaheen Bagh protesters say ready to meet Shah, but onus on govt to call them for talks
SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel to UK, France
Trump visit: Cong says AMC building wall to mask slum area
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