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Hong Kong crisis casts pall over US-China trade talks

Though Trump has mostly steered clear of taking sides, issue will cloud negotiations

The situation in Hong Kong - with increasingly violent pro-democracy protests coupled with mounting threats by Beijing - will further cloud United States-China trade talks expected to take place in the US this month.

There is little hope of a breakthrough on the trade front to boost declining business confidence in the US.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2019, with the headline 'Hong Kong crisis casts pall over US-China trade talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe