November 12, 2014

Obama skirts endorsement of Hong Kong protests but urges China to avoid violence

The U.S. government wants China to know that avoiding violence in Hong Kong is Washington's top concern, said President Barack Obama during a press conference at the APEC summit in Beijing. During the APEC summit, Obama did not make direct reference to Hong Kong protests, nor did he voice any explicit support for the Hong Kong students. (FULL STORY)
"Our primary message has been to make sure violence is avoided." Carolyn Schaefer / Getty Images
Xi Jinping tells whole world Beijing will soon crush Hong Kong protests
President Xi Jinping has taken advantage of the global attention that has been focused on Beijing during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference to vow that the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong will soon be crushed with force. At a joint press conference with President Obama after a China-U.S. summit held on Nov. 12, Xi, who is also Communist Party General Secretary, said the Occupy Central campaign in Hong Kong was “illegal”.


China's President Xi Jinping at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Yanqi Lake, China, Nov. 11. Goh Chai Hin / Reuters
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