'One country, two systems': What's behind the Hong Kong protests

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

The airline over the weekend moved to comply with the demand from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), suspending a pilot arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong and firing two airport employees citing misconduct. Such an extreme reaction might, in turn, disturb the global market, according to the Liberty Times.

The USS Green Bay, an amphibious dock landing ship, was to stop in Hong Kong on Saturday, while the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie planned a port call there next month, Commander Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman for the United States Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. He believes that the US Congress might not be willing to overlook any harsh action against the protesters by China. "The Chinese government hopes that once schools reopen for fall semester, the size of the protests will shrink", noted James Meyer, an analyst at Tower Bridge Advisors. Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday, without providing details about when he received the information.

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.

Signs had appeared that China was stepping up preparations to mobilize mainland forces to quell the weeks-long uprising in Hong Kong. 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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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