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U.S. top diplomat says he hopes Hong Kong protests remain peaceful: Bloomberg interview

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a a joint news conference with President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele at the Presidential House in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he hoped protests in Hong Kong would remain peaceful and China would show restraint.

Asked in an interview with Bloomberg television whether he was concerned about the possibility of China’s military intervening in Hong Kong, Pompeo said: “We need China to do the right thing. We hope that they’ll do that. We hope that the protests will remain peaceful. We think that’s important.”

Reporting by Makini Brice and David Brunnstrom; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall