Trump confirms China moving troops to Hong Kong border

Jimmy Sham

Jimmy Sham

The protests were initially focused on a bill that would have made it possible to extradite people from Hong Kong to China, where the Communist party controls the courts.

In a statement sent to CNN from Cathay Pacific's Corporate Affairs Department, the company said an officer was suspended from operating Flight CX216 on August 12, which flies from Manchester, England, to Hong Kong.

After initial protests, the bill was suspended by Hong Kong's chief executive.

Fiji Airways says it is closely monitoring the situation in Hong Kong and assessing its impact on their schedule as chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests have paralysed Hong Kong International Airport.

The unrest in Hong Kong could also push the USA and China even further away from reaching an agreement to end the yearlong trade war.

US President Donald Trump, however, faced criticism at home on Tuesday for avoiding harsh words over Beijing's response to the protesters, who object to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous global financial center.

Last September, with US-China trade tensions soaring, Beijing did not approve a request for the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship, to visit. She has resisted calls to resign.

Chinese state and social media had earlier aired video of security forces gathering across the border from the enclave, which has been rocked by unrest for ten weeks. A Chinese official with the agency overseeing the city used "terrorism" to describe the protests, invoking a term used to justify sending in forces to repress minority Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang.

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