President Trump said Tuesday that he’s learned the Chinese government is sending its military to the Hong Kong border amid mounting clashes between riot police and pro-democracy protesters. . .
Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
For more than two months, Hong Kong has seen mass protests urging democratic reforms and an investigation into police conduct.
The demonstrations, in turn, have raised concerns among U.S. officials about how far China might go to clamp down. “The United States, and all the freedom-loving nations around the world, must stand ready to swiftly move to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong,” Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said in a statement. . .
Earlier Tuesday, demonstrators shut down operations at Hong Kong’s airport for the second straight day, flooding the main terminal. Officers armed with pepper spray and batons confronted the protesters, who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the building. . .
Protesters are demanding that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and pull legislation that would allow the government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China, where they would likely face torture or unfair politically charged trials. Recent demonstrations have called for an independent inquiry into the city’s police and its alleged abuse of power. (Read more from “Trump Says China ‘Moving Troops’ to Hong Kong Border” HERE)