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Bolton: Trump China policy helped Xi tighten grip on HK

The Trump administration's lack of a "coordinated, coherent" policy on China helped Chinese President Xi Jinping to tighten his grip on Hong Kong, former National Security Adviser John Bolton told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview.

"We did not have a coordinated, coherent, China policy, largely because Trump saw almost everything regarding China through an economics prism, a trade focus. I do think trade is important. But trade policy was really not coordinated at all, and it made it very difficult to take into account noneconomic issues," he said.

During the interview, Bolton also suggested President Donald Trump has been tough on China at the moment because "it's politically advantageous," but might compromise with Beijing in order to secure a trade deal in the future.

Breaking the News / JC