Obama: Hong Kong priority is to avoid violence

2014-11-10 14:33
President Barack Obama. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

President Barack Obama. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

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Beijing - President Barack Obama says his priority when it comes to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong is to ensure that violence is avoided.

Obama is speaking in Beijing about protests that erupted in September in Hong Kong demanding open nominations in the city's elections. Obama says China isn't in the same place as the US when it comes to development. But he says it would be unrealistic for the US to set aside its concerns about human rights.

He says the US won't stop speaking out about the things it cares about.

Obama says the US doesn't expect China to follow the US model in all circumstances. He says China's relationship with Hong Kong has historically been complicated.

Obama's comments come on the first day of a three-day visit to China.

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