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Hong Kong Int'l Airport reopens, USA warns China not to intervene

13 August 2019

Pointing to an estimated average daily rate of MOP$790 million through the first 11 days of August, Bernstein analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said, "We are beginning to see a negative impact from the protests in Hong Kong which is causing some transport disruption and beginning to create a headwind to China visitation into Hong Kong (and onward visitation into Macau)".

CRITICAL JUNCTURE China said on Monday protests in the Asian financial hub had reached a critical juncture. "We see the need for de-escalation of tensions, we need to see the local authorities listening to the very serious concerns brought forward by Chinese citizens", said Trudeau, whose country is locked in a trade and diplomatic dispute with Beijing. In a sharp escalation of rhetoric used to describe the unrest, Guang said the "radical protesters" were committing serious crimes and "starting to plant the seeds of terrorism".

"After the violence has been stopped, and the chaotic situation that we are seeing could subside", Lam said, "I as the chief executive will be responsible to rebuild Hong Kong's help Hong Kong to move on".

The Hong Kong leader said police operations could not have been "determined by someone like myself", saying they had to make "on the spot judgments".

The movements of the military vehicles are not an isolated incident.

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Officers in riot gear pursued protesters into subway stations, where they were recorded firing tear gas in enclosed environments and at close range.

"As violence increases, the more middle class people and ordinary people of Hong Kong will turn against this movement".

Hong Kong Airport authorities have cancelled all remaining flights as protestors descended on the terminal for a fourth day. The airport said in an earlier statement that it was aiming to restore operations as soon as possible after canceling all flights for the rest of the day, except those already in the air.

The airport authority also advised the public to avoid trips to the airport, citing traffic congestion and full parking lots.

Police are now attempting to remove protesters from the airport and there are long queues for any form of transport away from the airport. It is one of the few places in Chinese territory where people can commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

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What do protesters now want?

"But given the high level of operational risk - and the reputational and economic risks to China - sending in the PLA would be a risky move". Tear gas was sacked at crowds in the districts of Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.

"The United States should be supporting freedom and democracy, and freedom of speech".

Later on Monday, two state media outlets ran videos showing armoured personnel and troop carriers purportedly driving to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

"A large part of this was exchanges on how to deal with political riots and peaceful protests", Wu said. But proposed amendments to the bill would also allow Hong Kong to send people to both Taiwan and the mainland to face charges.

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Hong Kong Int'l Airport reopens, USA warns China not to intervene