UPDATED 7:54 AM PT — Monday, August 19, 2019
China is turning a deaf ear to guidance from President Trump. In a statement from China’s foreign ministry Monday, a spokesperson slammed the president’s recent comments about the situation in Hong Kong.
This comes after President Trump drew parallels between the Hong Kong protests and the Tiananmen Square protests. He also said China’s crackdown on Hong Kong could hurt trade negotiations. However, the ministry spokesperson maintained that “China must solve their problems by themselves,” adding, the country does not “need any suggestions.”
“We have noted this, President Trump has previously said that Hong Kong is part of China and they must solve their problem by themselves. They don’t need any suggestions. We hope the U.S. side can live up their word.”
— Geng Shuang, spokesperson – Chinese Foreign Ministry
The State Department has said it is “deeply concerned” over China’s reaction to the protests. Recently, President Trump urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet with protesters to find a middle ground to end the demonstrations.