Michael Pillsbury: Xi Jin Ping Values Hong Kong More than the U.S.-China Trade Talks

‘That may be hard to believe, but one of the communist party goals in China is to have unity of China’

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PILLSBURY: “I think there is pressure on Xi Jinping. Frankly, I think he probably cares more about Hong Kong than the U.S./China trade talks. That may be hard to believe, but one of the communist party goals in China is to have unity of China, not to have the foreign barbarians take Hong Kong or Taiwan away. So this is crucial. What seems to be going on, I watched that interview. I think what Jimmy is pointing out, which is very important, there’s no enforcement mechanism for the agreement in 1984 Maggie thatcher got with the Chinese. Even though that document and the basic law that China passed itself in 1990, they both talk about universal suffrage in Hong Kong is a goal — ”

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