Trump to raise Hong Kong protests with China's President Xi Jinping at G-20: Pompeo

US President Donald Trump will be discussing the ongoing Hong Kong protests with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit.
US President Donald Trump will be discussing the ongoing Hong Kong protests with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Donald Trump will discuss the mass protests in Hong Kong with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the upcoming Group of 20 summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday (June 16).

"I think we'll get the opportunity to see President Xi in just a couple weeks now at the G-20 summit. I'm sure this will be among the issues that they discuss," Mr Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

"We see what's happening, what's unfolding in Hong Kong. We are watching the people of Hong Kong speak about the things they value," he added.

Mr Trump said last week that he hoped the protesters - who have taken to the streets to denounce a controversial extradition law - would "work it out" with China, while stopping short of condemning the legislation which has now been suspended.

Mr Pompeo insisted "the President has always been a vigorous defender of human rights" and said Mr Trump's imposition of widespread tariffs on Chinese goods as part of a trade dispute showed his willingness to confront Beijing.

"For an awfully long time under Republican, Democrat presidents, we allowed China to take advantage of us on trade and in other ways. President Trump has pushed back very strongly against them," he said.

This year's G-20 summit will be held in the Japanese city of Osaka on June 28 and 29.