Pence stated that the USA recognizes China as a strategic and economic rival but notes that the United States and Trump administration are ready for a new future regarding Sino-American trade relations if China can end unfair practices.
Hong Kong's legislature on Wednesday (October 23) formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, after enduring five months of unrest in the city. He was able to remain due to the lack of extradition agreement between the semi-autonomous city and self-ruled Taiwan.
Although the bill was finally withdrawn, the protests have continued, defying police rulings banning them. "We urge you to stay on the path of non-violent protest", Pence said. And the demands morphed into something much bigger than this piece of legislation.
The rallying cry of the protesters, who have trashed public buildings in the Chinese-ruled city and thrown petrol bombs at police, has been "five demands, not one less", including universal suffrage.
The escort would "show there is a way around the extradition bill", said Yun Sun, East Asia Program senior associate at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington. Fiercely democratic Taiwan has rejected the offer, with Tsai saying this month that such an arrangement had set Hong Kong "on the edge of disorder".
"What is happening in Hong Kong now is 100 percent street violence and illegal acts", Hua said at a regular news briefing. He did not reply to their calls. But the other two - Paul Chan, financial secretary, and Bernard Chan, convener of an "executive council" that advises Ms Lam - are viewed as being too close to her now discredited administration.
"It is not important", he said.
Ms Lam's handling of the crisis has been marred by a series of mis-steps, including her decision to press ahead with the controversial extradition bill that sparked the protests even after a series of massive and peaceful marches in early June, analysts said.
Chan, 20, returned to Hong Kong alone a year ago after traveling to Taipei with his pregnant girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing.
If Chinese President Xi Jinping approves the plan, the paper says, she will be replaced by an interim chief executive after calm returns to Hong Kong.
It is believed that correspondents working for Xinhua, the People's Daily and China Central Television and its spin-off China Global Television Network will be among the first batch subjected to extra checks when they apply for visas or visa extensions to cover the elections, as authorities seek to apply more red tape when assessing their applications.
Instead, the sources said she was arrested under the charge of "making trouble and picking quarrels" - a vague accusation often levelled against critics of the mainland government. "This leads to its own fellow victimized citizen failing to receive justice". Chan, however, has been a free man in Hong Kong since yesterday, complicating the ability for the two governments to cooperate unofficially. He stopped by the cameras, bowed deeply and said, softly, "to the society, and to Hongkongers, I can only say sorry".