Hong Kong protests closely followed by US, Obama tells China minister

 Pro-democracy demonstrators gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day in Hong Kong on Oct 1, 2014.  
 Pro-democracy demonstrators gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day in Hong Kong on Oct 1, 2014.  

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States President Barack Obama told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday that the US was watching protests in Hong Kong closely and urged a peaceful solution to the issue.

Obama, who made the remarks during a meeting between Wang and US national security adviser Susan Rice at the White House, also affirmed that he would be travelling to China later this year.

"The president and Ambassador Rice ... noted that the United States is following developments in Hong Kong closely and expressed their hope that differences between Hong Kong authorities and protesters will be addressed peacefully," the White House said in a statement about the meeting.

"The United States has consistently supported the open system that is essential to Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, universal suffrage, and the aspirations of the Hong Kong people."