Flights restart at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologise

Flights restart at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologise

Mr Trump on Tuesday said his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troops were gathering across the border. "Everyone should be calm and safe!" he commented. Trump tweeted after landing in Pittsburgh for an event on manufacturing.

And a commentary early Tuesday on China's official Xinhua news agency spoke of "black-clad mobsters" and said Hong Kong's future is at a "critical juncture".

About three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport's arrivals area a day after a mass demonstration and frenzied mob violence forced more than 100 flight cancellations.

She said that Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs, and those US politicians are neither entitled nor qualified to comment on them.

On Tuesday (Aug 13), the day after protesters cripple Hong Kong's busy airport, Beijing's language stiffens and it says the demonstrations show "the first signs of terrorism emerging".

Hong Kong's government agreed to shelve an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong's authorities to transfer suspected criminals to mainland China, but protests have continued over a larger set of grievances. Riot police clashed briefly with the demonstrators, leading to several injuries and prompting at least one officer to draw a handgun on his assailants.

Although the government indefinitely suspended the controversial bill in mid-June, rallies continue in the financial hub.

Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the situation in Hong Kong was tricky, but he hoped it would be resolved "for liberty" without anyone getting hurt or killed. "I can't imagine why?"

Flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways published a half-page advertisement in the Hong Kong Economic Journal pledging its support for the government and calling for the resumption of the rule of law and social order. If Beijing violently cracks down on the protest, "Markets would have to become less hopeful of the degree and speed of progress possible on a whole host of fronts, including trade", said Ken Odeluga, a market analyst at City Index.

China's Hong Kong affairs office condemned what it called "near-terrorist acts" at Hong Kong's airport and reiterated support for local authorities to severely punish those responsible amid an escalating crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.

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"I think paralysing the airport will be effective in forcing Carrie Lam to respond to can further pressure Hong Kong's economy", said Dorothy Cheng, a 17-year-old protester. Initially sparked by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, the protests have quickly evolved into a much broader campaign for democratic freedoms, and to stop the growing influence of China's authoritarian rulers in the semi-autonomous city.

In an advisory posted on its website at 6.00 am (22.00 GMT Monday), Cathay said passengers urged customers to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong.

China Daily columnist Chen Weihua also noted that "It would be hard to imagine the United States reaction if Chinese [diplomats] were meeting leaders of Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or Never Trump protesters".

In another tweet characteristic of Trump, he said that Chinese intelligence had informed the USA that it was putting troops on the border of Hong Kong.

Xi is also preparing for that possibility by tailoring his message to the Chinese public with news reports focused on unrest and violence so that if Beijing does intervene, the move will not come as a shock to the mainland audience.

Pushing a narrative of U.S. and foreign support for the protesters could also allow Xi to justify intervention to the Chinese people.

"Can we bear to push it into the abyss and see it smashed to pieces?" she said.

In the meantime, it seems that USA and Chinese officials are maintaining an open dialogue.

The US state department said secretary of state Mike Pompeo and top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi "had an extended exchange of views on US-China relations" on Tuesday.

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