August 19, 2019 / 4:17 PM / 4 months ago

Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves to the guests as he attends the United States Military Academy commencement ceremony in West Point, New York, U.S., May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged China on Monday to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws and repeated President Donald Trump’s warning that it will be harder for the United States to make a trade deal with Beijing if protests in the Chinese-ruled city turned violent.

“For the United States to make a deal with China, Beijing needs to honour its commitments, including the commitment China made in 1984 to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws through the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pence said in prepared remarks.

“And our administration will continue to urge Beijing and the demonstrators to resolve their differences peaceably. 

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Franklin Paul

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