On August 16th, Hong Kong is bracing for another weekend of “pro-democracy” protests.
US President Donald Trump pitched in, suggesting that Chinese President Xi Jinping should personally go and talk to the protesters, and that would potentially solve the issue.
If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt! https://t.co/eFxMjgsG1K
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Trump told reporters on August 15th that he did not want to see a resort to violence to quell the protests in Hong Kong and reiterated that he wanted to see China “humanely solve the problem.”
“I am concerned. I wouldn’t want to see a violent crackdown,” Trump said. “If he (Xi) sat down with the protesters – a group of representative protesters – I’d bet he’d work it out in 15 minutes. … I know it’s not the kind of thing he does, but I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea.”
Trump said he had a call with Xi scheduled “soon.”
China’s ambassador to London warned that Beijing could use its power to quell the Hong Kong protests if the situation deteriorated further and repeating charges that some protesters had shown “signs of terrorism.”
Namely, tying up and assaulting a Global News journalist, throwing fire bombs at police officers just come instantly to mind.
In a sign of support for Global Times journalist Fu Guohao, Lee Wai-king, chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), sent a consolatory letter to the Global Times office, noting the radical protests’ violent actions “appalling,” severely violated laws and humanity and was a humiliation to Hong Kong. Lee called on the Hong Kong police to bring those involved in violations to justice.
“It shows that Hong Kong has entered a grim phase. The DAB, together with people who care about Hong Kong, firmly opposes all forms of violence aimed at undermining Hong Kong and harming others, and supports Hong Kong police in law enforcement and in restoring social order as soon as possible,” according to the letter.
Even the Democratic Alliance is distancing itself from the actions of the “democratic protesters.”
“The central government will not sit on its hands and watch,” the ambassador, Liu Xiaoming, told reporters. “We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of (the) Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly,” Liu said.
“The central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss,” Liu said.
The situation has tilted further toward terrorism as recent violence carried out by the rioters have indeed built an atmosphere of fear, Li Xiaobing, an expert on Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan from Nankai University in Tianjin, told the Global Times.
The rioters, especially those who plotted, organized and commanded the violence, aim to destroy Hong Kong by creating and escalating the chaos, promoting collusion between radical politicians and foreign forces, and pressuring the regional government to satisfy their unreasonable political demands, said Li.
These violent mobs and those behind them are not only the “shame of Hong Kong,” but also the “cancer of Hong Kong,” Li said.
“If Hong Kong cannot restore the rule of law on its own and the riots intensify, it’s imperative then for the central government to take direct actions based on the Basic Law,” the Global Times reported.
It further claimed that the Shenzhen PAP deployment was “a clear warning.”
Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei, who stars in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan, also put out a message on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, saying, “I also support the Hong Kong police,” and sharing a pro-Beijing image.
The protesters are now also boycotting the actress and the film.
Four demonstrations unsanctioned by the police are planned for August 17th. More violence is expected.
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