US lawmakers urge support for Hong Kong protests

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Prominent US lawmakers from both parties are voicing their support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and some have called for Donald Trump to take a firmer stance on the territory’s worst political crisis in more than 20 years.

Mr Trump, who has deployed harsh rhetoric towards China in the past, has so far trod carefully around the issue despite fellow Republicans having expressed support for peaceful protesters.

“The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. Very tough. We’ll see what happens. But I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way. I hope it works out for everybody,” Mr Trump said on Tuesday.

Wilbur Ross, his commerce secretary, on Wednesday described Hong Kong in a CNBC interview as an “internal matter”.

Complicating the issue is the fact that the two countries are still locked in trade talks, with a new round of…

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