In a tweet on Wednesday, President Donald Trump proposed a "personal meeting" with China's President Xi during the ongoing Hong Kong crisis, as investors remained at the forefront of US-China trade tensions.
"I know President Xi of China very well," Trump tweeted. "He is a great leader who has a great deal of respect for his people. He is also a good man in a" tough business. "I have no doubt that President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, can he do that. Personal meeting?"
Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong have been on the streets since early June, tense with opposition to a bill that would allow Hong Kong people to be extradited to China. This proposal has been canceled ̵
Demonstrations have since evolved into a movement that requires autonomy, full democracy and the ostracization of the office-led leader Carrie Lam.
Beijing has responded, saying Hong Kong is facing the worst crisis since the surrender from the United Kingdom in 1997, and the Communist government has used increasingly clear language to describe the protests.
Trump also warned in another tweet that if China wants to make a trade deal, they should respond "humanely" to Hong Kong.
"Good things are stated in the conversation with China the other day. They eat the duty of devaluing their currency and" pouring "money into their system. The American consumer is fine with or without the September date, but very good will come from in fact, it will help China more than us, but will be reintroduced. Millions of jobs are lost in China to other non-tariff untries. Thousands of companies are leaving. Of course, China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong. first! "
This week, Trump decided to delay tariffs on some Chinese goods while immediately removing certain items from the customs list, a step to avoid adverse effects on the holiday shopping season. sent the Dow rally by more than 300 points on Tuesday. These gains were lost during the big sale Wednesday.
The postponement "helps China more than us, but will be recalled," Trump said Wednesday.
– CNBC's Grace Shao and Yun Li contributed to this report.