As you have probably seen on the news today, Hong Kong is undergoing a tumult of protests, specifically at their international airport, which got so bad that the airport had to cancel flights.
And China is blaming the US for it:
POLITICO – President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to dismiss Chinese allegations that the U.S. is behind escalating tensions in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters challenging Beijing’s control have clashed with riot police.
Trump also said he hopes “nobody gets killed” while noting that U.S. intelligence has spotted Chinese troops moving close to the border with Hong Kong.
To date, Trump has said little on the Hong Kong crisis, sparking criticism that he is more worried about getting a trade deal with China than backing the spread of democracy. Still, his laconic approach hasn’t stopped China from linking America to the chaos.
“Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?” Trump tweeted Tuesday. He added: “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
In separate remarks to reporters, Trump said: “The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. I hope it works out peacefully. I hope nobody gets hurt. I hope nobody gets killed.”
This all began earlier this year when protesters came out in force over a potential new law that would allow the extradition of criminals to China. That proposal was quickly abandoned after millions of citizens got out in the streets of Hong Kong. I think what we are seeing now is probably an extension of those protests.
As you can see from Trump’s comments, it sounds like China is planning to move Troops in and we all know how bad that can get.
Here’s a few videos from today to give you an idea of what’s going on there:
Police officer had his baton taken from him and was attacked with it. Drew his pistol and aimed at protesters. Astonished nobody killed here tonight. pic.twitter.com/Wox8yziDnz
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) August 13, 2019
Video from Hong Kong shows pro-democracy protesters waving American flags and singing the American National Anthem.
Demonstrations have shutdown the city's airport for a second consecutive day and put the entire Chinese city on edge. pic.twitter.com/ZrYE5DzZYU
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 13, 2019