The White House said it was a sudden & # 39; congregation & # 39; of Chinese troops on the Hong Kong border is guarding, according to reports, fearing that Beijing could increase their control over the unrest of the city, which has escalated to an unprecedented level.
A White House official, who wanted to remain anonymous, told journalists that there could be a buildup of military forces or armed police on the border between mainland China and Hong Kong, without giving further details, reported Bloomberg.
Hong Kong has been rocked in the last two months by protests against a bill that can extradite people from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts on mainland China.
The White House said it was a sudden & # 39; congregation & # 39; of Chinese troops on the border of Hong Kong. China has had a garrison in Hong Kong since 1997 (photo)
An anonymous Washington official told journalists that there could be a buildup of military forces or armed police without giving further details, according to a Bloomberg report
Hong Kong and the Chinese city of Shenzhen have a border of 37 kilometers (22 miles)
The massive opposition to the bill has turned into a broader pro-democracy movement that has shed the biggest challenge to the authority of Beijing since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Hong Kong and the Chinese city of Shenzhen have a border of 37 kilometers (22 miles).
About 230,000 people travel daily between the two cities through Luohu, a large land control point that connects Shenzhen with Hong Kong, according to official statistics.
The Shenzhen authorities, a metropolis of around 12 million people, had giant images of the Chinese national flag on skyscrapers in front of Hong Kong last week to warn the city's demonstrators, who have labeled Beijing radical and violent.
Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman Wu Qian (photo in 2017) said at a press conference in Beijing that the ministry has been paying attention & # 39; on the situation in Hong Kong
The PLA has retained a garrison in Hong Kong since the city returned to China in 1997, but its forces are generally low and rarely seen in uniform in public
The speculation of a military presence on the border came after Beijing this week, suggesting that the United States had planned the unrest in the Asian financial hub, which entered its eighth week.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said yesterday that recent violent protests in Hong Kong & # 39; the work of the US & # 39; goods.
She reiterated that Beijing would not allow foreign troops to interfere in the country's domestic affairs.
Hua & # 39; s comments came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China should do the right & # 39; when handling protests in the territory, urging all parties to avoid violence.
Around 230,000 people travel daily between the two cities through Luohu (photo), a large land control point that connects Shenzhen with Hong Kong, according to official statistics
Viral images from Chinese Twitter-like Weibo show Shenzhen authorities throwing national flag images onto waterfront buildings to encourage Hong Kong to remain loyal to Beijing
Pro-Beijing supporters hold red umbrellas and a Chinese national flag during a counter-action in support of police in Hong Kong on July 20. The former British colony has experienced a political crisis
The White House claims also emerged after Beijing warned last week that his army could be deployed in Hong Kong if the city authorities asked for support in maintaining public order & # 39;
The People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) has retained a garrison in Hong Kong since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, but troops generally remain unobtrusive and rarely seen in uniform in public.
Late last month after Hong Kong was startled by the first wave of protests, the PLA conducted a live ammunition military exercise in the city in a show of military power.
The controversial exercise conducted by the PLA land, sea and air forces on three bases in Hong Kong would be part of an open day event on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Hong Kong transfer from Great Britain to China .
A (central) woman leaves the Eastern Court after a riot. The accused consisted of a teacher, a nurse, a pilot, a hairdresser, a chef, an electrician, a construction worker and the unemployed, according to their description sheets.
Protesters sing slogans as they gather outside the Eastern Court in Hong Kong. City police said yesterday that 44 people, between the ages of 16 and 41, had been charged with riots and another with possession of assault weapons
A protester holds a sign with the text: & # 39; No rioters, only tyranny & # 39; while chanting slogans as they gather outside the Eastern Court in Hong Kong. The vast majority of the accused persons were brought to justice this morning and received bail
A (central) woman arrives at the Eastern District Court to be confronted with a relay complaint of recent clashes between protesters and police. The announcement of their accusations led to a new night of unrest in the streets of the former British colony
A man (central) leaves the eastern district court after being confronted with a load of recent clashes between protesters and police. 43 of the accused allegedly appeared in court and an arrest warrant was issued for a 44th who did not show up
Earlier this month, the PLA reportedly conducted an anti-riot exercise in Zhanjiang, a city near Hong Kong, to prepare soldiers for & # 39; emergency situations & # 39 ;.
Reports have suggested that China's central government was working on an urgent plan to resolve Hong Kong's ongoing political crisis, but officials had ruled out the use of military force.
Dozens of pro-democracy demonstrators from Hong Kong appeared in court today after being accused of riots, and paved the way for further unrest in a week-long crisis that turned the former British colony upside down.
Images show the horrible moment that a car drives past protesters (left) before fireworks are launched in their direction (right)
Protesters can look strange while the flames persist (left) and the street is lit in pink from afar because of the fireworks (right)
Last night protesters stood at a distance with the police while they continued their weekly concerts on the streets of Hong Kong
The announcement last night that 44 people were charged with riots – a crime with a prison sentence of up to 10 years – immediately led to a new round of clashes between police and demonstrators.
During the conflict, a car shot past one of Hong Kong police stations flaming fireworks at hundreds of protesters calling for the liberation of their arrested colleagues outside Tin Shui Wai station.
Images broadcast live on television showed an officer aiming a gun at demonstrators throwing objects at him.
The police came out to spread the crowd around 10:40 am, filmed with one of the officers pointing a gun at demonstrators while his colleague saw them attack with a club
Dozens of Hong Kong protesters detained during recent clashes have been accused of riots – a prison sentence of up to 10 years – while controversial pro-Beijing financial hub leaders crack down on weeks of demonstrations. After the announcement, protesters gathered outside the Kwai Chung police station to support those detained Tuesday night
Police said Tuesday Tuesday that 44 of those arrested were accused of riots and would appear in court on Wednesday morning. Another man was accused of owning an assault weapon
The final round of clashes between anti-government protesters and police broke out tonight after dozens of imprisoned protesters were accused of riots, a crime with a prison sentence of up to ten years
A police officer points a gun at demonstrators. Several hundred protesters mobilized in the streets outside a police station after the Hong Kong media said 44 people had been arrested on charges of riot
In the two preceding weekends there was an increase in the level of violence by both protesters and the police, who repeatedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd with projectiles.
A crowd of pro-government criminals also attacked protesters and brought 45 people to the hospital. At least six suspected attackers have been arrested and some have found links with triads.
China Daily, a Chinese state newspaper, today accused the West of & # 39; twisting & # 39; of the truth of the Hong Kong protests.
While People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's spokesperson, praised Hong Kong anti-riot police, accused of using violence against activists. She described the newspaper as & # 39; dedicated & # 39; and & # 39; professional & # 39 ;.
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