Date
11 December 2017
President Barack Obama addresses chief executives in Beijing at the start of a three-day visit to attend the APEC summit. Photo: Reuters
President Barack Obama addresses chief executives in Beijing at the start of a three-day visit to attend the APEC summit. Photo: Reuters

Obama: Hong Kong priority is to avoid violence

President Barack Obama says his priority when it comes to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong is that violence is avoided.

Obama was speaking in Beijing about the protests which erupted in September in Hong Kong demanding open nominations in the city’s elections.

Obama said China is not in the same place as the US when it comes to development but it would be unrealistic for the US to set aside its concerns about human rights, Associated Press reported Monday.

He said the US will not stop speaking out about the things it cares about.

The US does not expect China to follow the US model in all circumstances, he said, adding China’s relationship with Hong Kong has historically been complicated.

Obama’s comments came on the first day of a three-day visit to China.

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