Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Tensions Flare As Hundreds Gather At Australian Rallies For Hong Kong

Tensions Flare As Hundreds Gather At Australian Rallies For Hong Kong

The report says the protests have emerged as the largest repudiation of Beijing since the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 and become a test of Chinese President Xi Jinping's "willingness to show restraint and abide by global norms".

Protesters in Hong Kong have come out swinging at Jackie Chan after the martial arts legend and actor called the recent events there "sad and depressing". "I have no doubt!"

The president has also previously called the Hong Kong protests as "riots", mirroring the rhetoric used by Beijing to smear the protesters as undisciplined and violent, and said that the matter is strictly between Hong Kong and China.

The Asian financial center, which also has one of the world's busiest ports, was already under intense pressure from the escalating Sino-U.S. trade war and China's biggest economic slowdown in decades.

The city's richest man, Li Ka-Shing, urged people to "love China, love Hong Kong and love yourself" in newspaper advertisements that marked his first comments on the crisis.

US President Donald Trump also said Tuesday American intelligence had confirmed Chinese troop movements toward the Hong Kong border.

Washington and Beijing have imposed tariffs on $360 billion in two-way trade, but Trump has delayed tariffs on electronic goods from China, giving investors hope for a detente in the trade conflict.

The Friday edition of China's state-controlled Global Times tabloid also warned that China had the option to "forcefully intervene" and lashed out at what Beijing describes as US interference in Hong Kong. Trump wrote on Twitter, in the first clear indication that the trade deal could be threatened by how Beijing reacts to the protests. Thousands of companies are leaving.

The territory's central bank has reserves to defend the Hong Kong dollar's exchange rate, "but the city's property market would be hit hard, resulting in a deep recession", they said.

Hong Kong has seen chaos since early June when protesters rallied against a controversial bill to allow China to send fugitives on the island to face Beijing courts. "I'll bet he'd work it out in 15 minutes".

Medical staffs and protesters carry an injured man as they confront with policemen near the Shum Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on August 14, 2019.

Hong Kong police officers said Thursday they weren't aware of plans for Chinese forces to join efforts to quell the demonstrations.

Parking spaces at the stadium were filled with more than 100 dark-painted paramilitary vehicles, including troop trucks, armoured personnel carriers, buses and jeeps.

Moreover, the United States and other countries could revoke the special status they accord Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong has no criminal jurisdiction in this case, the SAR government proposed to amend the above two ordinances to extradite the suspect to Taiwan and charge him for murder there. Or, China's government could declare a state of emergency exists in Hong Kong "that endangers national unity" and apply national laws, allowing for a PLA deployment.

FILE - Protesters use luggage trolleys to block the walkway to the departure gates during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Aug. 13, 2019.

By effectively ending Hong Kong's semi-autonomous status, Beijing would sacrifice any credibility it might have in persuading Taiwan to reunify with mainland China under a similar formula. "Because it has a judicial system that's trustworthy, based on the English model that we know in this country, the courts are thought to be impartial", Bolton told VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren.

At a news conference on Friday, a group of student union leaders said that secondary school students have indicated in a poll that they are willing to boycott classes.

Hong Kong is part of China.

There have been fierce clashes between demonstrators and police on Hong Kong's streets.

And they admitted that any move to do so would place the city's police force in uncharted waters.

That these protests are all about China and its attempt at smothering Hong Kong's democratic freedoms.

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