Trump says China is sending troops to Hong Kong border

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2019

"When he finished with those protests, he actually went back to the United States and collected an award for the USA government-affiliated Freedom House", McAdams said.

Security at Hong Kong airport on Wednesday was stricter than usual with several entrances closed, police patrolling and staff checking traveller identification. Protesters also barricaded some passageways in the airport with luggage trolleys and other objects.

Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters.

The airport occupation has dramatically raised the stakes in the political confrontation that is now in its 10th week.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has a garrison in Hong Kong but has remained in barracks since the protests started in April.

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, suspended plans for the extradition bill. Protesters blamed the injury on a police bean-bag round.

In his comment to reporters, Trump also said that a phone call between senior Chinese and US trade officials on Tuesday had been very productive and his administration had made a decision to delay tariffs on some Chinese imports until mid-December to avoid hurting USA shoppers heading into the Christmas holiday.

"Their behaviour shows extreme contempt for the law, seriously damages Hong Kong's global image and deeply hurts the feelings of the broad masses of their mainland compatriots", the statement said. Property tycoon Peter Woo said in a statement on Monday that the protests had already forced the government to shelve the legislation and claimed that some people were using the issue to "purposely stir up trouble".

China regularly maintains a troop presence near the Hong Kong border. Hong Kong's stockmarket fell to a seven-month low on Tuesday. "The average monthly salary in Hong Kong is around $HK17,500 ($US2,230), while the average rent for a one-bedroom flat in the city centre is $HK16,500".

The entry of the working class into the protest movement, marked by the calling of a general strike involving tens of thousands last week, is provoking fear in the ruling classes not only in Hong Kong and Beijing but internationally.

"Concerning to see what's happening in Hong Kong and the worrying pictures of clashes between police & protesters at the airport", Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump addressed the escalating situation in Hong Kong Tuesday, saying U.S. intelligence indicates "the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border", but security officials tell CNN that Beijing regularly maintains a force presence there.

A convoy of olive-green Chinese military trucks was seen heading toward the semi-autonomous city, which has been wracked by anti-government protests for weeks.

The editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times newspaper, Hu Xijin, tweeted that the man was a journalist with the paper.

It was unclear whether protesters, who have no clear leadership and organise via social media, would return to the airport in big numbers on Tuesday.

"We ask for your understanding and forgiveness as young people in Hong Kong continue to fight for freedom and democracy". Some 21 countries and regions have issued travel safety alerts for their citizens travelling to Hong Kong, saying protests have become more violent and unpredictable.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chinese Cabinet's liaison office in Hong Kong said the protesters had "entirely ruptured legal and moral bottom lines" and would face swift and severe repercussions under Hong Kong's legal system.

Mr Trump on Tuesday said his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troops were gathering across the border.

"He went on to say that "everyone should be calm and safe", in a clear reference to concerns that Beijing may attempt to intervene".

"The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation - very tough", Trump told reporters earlier during a visit to Morristown, New Jersey. He believes that the US Congress might not be willing to overlook any harsh action against the protesters by China. Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the remarks are whitewashing violent crimes as a struggle for human rights and freedom, and deliberately misinterpreting the work of Hong Kong police as violent repression when the police were only enforcing the law, fighting crimes and upholding social order. I think it will work out and I hope it works out, for liberty. I hope nobody gets hurt. "I hope nobody gets killed".

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