On Thursday, Chinese forces gathered in Shenzhen across the border from Hong Kong [Thomas Peter/Reuters]
US President Donald Trump has expressed his concern about the risk of a Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong, as he suggested that President Xi Jinping should take the extraordinary step of sitting down with protesters as a way to help de-escalate the situation.
Trump issued the statement on Thursday, as China warned that Beijing would not “sit by and watch” as the unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city continues.
“I am concerned,” he told reporters in New Jersey late on Thursday before travelling to a campaign rally.
Trump urged Xi to negotiate directly with pro-democracy protesters, saying: “I would be willing to bet that if he sat down