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China's Xi has 'acted responsibly' on HK protests: Trump

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Published on July 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:19s

China's Xi has 'acted responsibly' on HK protests: Trump

President Trump said on Monday he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping has acted very responsibly with regard the sometimes violent protests in Hong Kong over an extradition bill that could see people from the territory sent to China for trial.

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China's Xi has 'acted responsibly' on HK protests: Trump

Hong Kong has been hit by a series of sometimes violent protests for over two months - its most serious crisis since the city was handed back by Britain to China in 1997 but with democratic freedoms under a "one country, two systems" formula.

Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by what opposition politicians suspected were gang members at a train station over the weekend.

Sunday's attack came during a night of escalating violence that opened new fronts in Hong Kong's widening crisis.

Protesters had earlier on Sunday surrounded China's main representative office in the Asian financial hub and defaced walls and signs and clashed with police.

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, condemned the attack on the Central Government Liaison Office, saying it was a "challenge" to national sovereignty.

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