US President Donald Trump has said that a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists could end the months of protests here.

In a tweet, Trump said “If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!”

Trump has tweeted several comments about the situation in Hong Kong recently, including asking President Xi to treat the protesters humanely and linking this to a potential trade deal. (with additional reporting from AFP)