Growing U.S. Pressure On China Over Hong Kong Protests

China is facing growing pressure from the United States to show restraint during mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong issue is also expected to be raised in high-level U.S.-Chinese talks.

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Secretary of State John Kerry would discuss the issue with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi a day after the United States backed calls by thousands of Hong Kong for greater autonomy in selecting candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive.

“I expect it will come up,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said to reporters, referring to the @Hong Kong protests. “It is in the news. It is an issue we are concerned about and focused on.” Psaki said he believes Kerry will ask that the legitimacy of the Hong Kong chief executive would be enhanced if people have a genuine choice of candidates.


The protesters have called on chief executive Leung Chun-ying to step down and are demanding full democracy. A month ago, Beijing ruled it would vet candidates wishing to run for the leadership of Hong Kong in 2014.

The chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Robert Menendez, accused Beijing of “reneging on the promises it made to the people of Hong Kong.”

“I write today to express my grave concerns over current events in Hong Kong,” in a toughly worded letter to Leung, Menendez said, urging Leung “to exercise your leadership to guarantee that your citizens, the people of Hong Kong, receive the full democratic rights and freedoms that they have been promised and which they deserve.”

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