United Nations to hold crucial meet on Hong Kong protests
United Nations to hold crucial meet on Hong Kong protests
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16 August, 2019, 16:58
Research firm Capital Economics said the protests could push Hong Kong into a recession and risked "an even worse outcome if a further escalation triggers capital flight".
The former Texas congressman and presidential candidate said that he wasn't surprised by reports of United States involvement in demonstrations that have rocked Kong Hong since March.
Police patrol the departure hall of the airport in Hong Kong after previous night's clashes with protesters, China August 14, 2019. In remarks to reporters Tuesday, Trump, who last week took a hands-off stance on the protests, said the Hong Kong situation "is a very tough situation, very tough". Unhappy with the pace of negotiations, Trump announced two weeks ago that the USA would apply 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports, beginning September 1. Areas of special treatment include visas, law enforcement and investment. "It doesn't make a difference no matter who's leading the company", a Chinese social media user said on the social media platform, Weibo, in a post liked more than 900 times. "So, I think a number of these issues underlie the protests". "I hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets killed", Trump said.
"They have amped up training and made it all pretty visible", he said, but added: "There are no recent indicators that they are preparing to deploy".
As Hong Kong's police have steadily adopted brutal tactics to clamp down on Hong Kong's increasingly chaotic protests, USA politicians on the left and the right united in the last few days to denounce the escalating violence and urged China's authorities to accede to the protesters' five demands, a list which include calls for universal suffrage in the city-state. Troops were seen carrying riot shields, batons and other weapons as they gathered around the city's Bay Sports Center and satellite imagery showed military vehicles on the sidelines.
The unrest in Hong Kong is prompting people to stay away from Walt Disney's Disneyland theme park in the city. That was taken by some as Trump offering to meet with the Chinese president.
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Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing has criticised what he called foreign interference in the affairs of Hong Kong and warned that the Chinese government would not tolerate intervention of foreign forces in its internal matters.
On Tuesday, the Republican chair of the Senate's East Asia subcommittee, Cory Gardner, said the Trump administration "must make clear to Beijing that any crackdown in Hong Kong will have profound consequences for China, including imposition of US sanctions".
"Thirty years after the Chinese Communist Party's brutal massacre of peaceful democratic protestors in Tiananmen Square, we are concerned that China would consider again brutally putting down peaceful protests", they said. "The question of it is what role is there for the U.S.in that manner?" As of previous year, Hong Kong hosted 67 billionaires-the highest concentration per head of population in the world-while the rest of China had 476, second only to the US.
"We encourage China and all parties in Hong Kong to pursue a solution that respects the liberty of Hong Kongers and Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, as enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration", a State Department spokesperson said. "Both sides are carefully calculating how far and how close they come to those lines". So the position of the past, where Hong Kong saw itself as, and was indeed, the driver of the economy of the whole of China [is no longer].
Western governments have stepped up calls for restraint following chaotic scenes at Hong Kong's airport this week that forced cancellation of almost 1,000 flights and saw protesters set upon two men they suspected of being government sympathizers.
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