Click For Photo: https://zh-prod-1cc738ca-7d3b-4a72-b792-20bd8d8fa069.storage.googleapis.com/s3fs-public/styles/max_650x650/public/2019-07/Screen%20Shot%202019-07-10%20at%206.37.13%20AM.png?itok=5luFnNGQ
If it seems like Washington toned down its support for the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest movement after Trump's meeting with President Xi in Osaka, that's because Trump ordered his administration to pull punches as part of his pact with his Chinese rival in order to ensure that trade talks with China didn't wither on the vine.
Citing several senior administration officials, the FT reports that Trump explicitly promised Xi that the US would roll back its support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and tone down its criticism of Beijing's approach to Hong Kong to entice China to return to the table.
Hu - Xijin - Wednesday - Morning - US
And as Hu Xijin confirmed Wednesday morning, the US and Chinese trade delegations have restarted talks, and a trip to Beijing by Mnuchin and Lighthizer, the leaders of the American trade delegation, might be in the offing in the very near future.
Here's more from the FT:
US - President - Commitment - Leaders - G20
The US president made the commitment when the two leaders met at the G20 summit in Osaka, according to several people familiar with the meeting. One person said Mr Trump made a similar pledge in a phone call with Mr Xi ahead of the G20 summit.
Concrete steps taken by the administration include pressuring Kurt Tong, the outgoing US general consul, to leave out criticisms of Beijing from his final speech. A Washington think tank also delayed what was assumed to be a critical speech by Tong, presumably under pressure from the White House.
Others - Tong - Beijing - Critic - Administration
Others have complained that Tong isn't the only Beijing critic who has been muzzled by the administration in recent weeks.
Following the Trump-Xi meeting, the state department told Kurt Tong, the departing US consul general in...
Wake Up To Breaking News!