US president sharpens rhetoric and offers to help Chinese leader after being criticised for not taking stronger line in support of protests

President Donald Trump has said that China must treat Hong Kong “humanely” before the US would consider making a trade deal with Beijing.

On Twitter on Wednesday night, following weeks of unrest in Hong Kong and fears of a full-blown trade war, the US president said: “Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”.

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