UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his country’s intelligence had told him the Chinese government had deployed troops along the Hong Kong border, which has been undergoing protests against days of extradition to China.
Trump said through his Twitter account: “Our intelligence has informed us that the Chinese government is moving military units towards the border with Hong Kong, everyone should be calm and secure.”
Trump noted that some segments blame him and the United States for the problems in Hong Kong, but he does not understand why.
Trump also reprinted a video released by activists showing Chinese army trucks carrying soldiers to the Hong Kong border.
Earlier in the day, Trump said in a press statement: “China is facing a very difficult situation, and I think there will be a solution, I hope not to harm anyone and do not kill anyone.”
Earlier in the day, the EU called on all parties at Hong Kong International Airport to take restraint and urgently halt the escalation.
Earlier on Tuesday, riot police clashed with protesters at Hong Kong International Airport, trying to disperse them.
Police stormed the airport building and tried to disperse the protesters with batons, the South China Morning Post reported.
This came as flights stopped at the airport for a second day because of the demonstrations, after they resumed Tuesday for a short time.
On Monday, crowds of protesters entered the airport’s courtyard, prompting his administration to decide to cancel all flights.
In general, for the tenth week in a row, demonstrations continue in Hong Kong, rejecting the draft extradition law to China for prosecution there, with the authorities continue to refuse to license demonstrators.
In addition to repealing the controversial bill, protesters demand an independent investigation into the use of excessive force by the police, the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Kari Lam, and a comprehensive democratic reform in the autonomous region.
Under weeks of protests, Hong Kong’s chief executive has announced the suspension of the controversial bill, but protesters want it formally withdrawn, along with their other demands, which Beijing rejects.
Hong Kong manages its internal affairs independently, but it follows the People’s Republic of China in foreign and defense policies. Observers believe that the influence of the Beijing government on Hong Kong is increasing.
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