Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Seeks Donald Trump’s Support For Democracy Movement

Joshua Wong said it was crucial Hong Kong was factored into negotiations between Beijing and Washington.

New York: 

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong urged US President Donald Trump on Friday to include a “human rights clause” in any trade agreement with China, and sought Washington’s backing for the city’s democracy movement.

The 22-year-old called on American politicians to pass a bill expressing support for the pro-democracy campaign during a speaking engagement in New York, a few hours after arriving in the United States.

“It’s significant to add a human rights clause in the trade negotiations and put Hong Kong protests under the agenda of the trade negotiations,” Wong told AFP afterwards. 

The world’s two biggest economies have been locked in a bitter trade war for the past year, resulting in tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade.

Trade talks between Beijing and Washington are scheduled for October.

Wong said it was crucial Hong Kong was factored into the negotiations, saying it faced the threat of emergency laws “similar to martial law” and feared that China would send troops to the semi-autonomous region. 

“If China has no intention to safeguard Hong Kong’s economic freedom and open business it will also affect and damage the world economy,” he said.

Wong arrived in the US after visiting Germany as he seeks global support for Hong Kong’s widening pro-democracy protests that have crippled parts of the Asian financial hub in recent months,…

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