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

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As Hong Kong's political crisis deepens, China denied a request for two U.S. Navy warships to visit Hong Kong in the coming weeks, officials said. The city has functioned as a key entry point and base of operations for foreign investors and corporations conducting business in China.

Asia analyst Gordon Chang reacts to violence erupting for a second day at Hong Kong International Airport.

Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid scuffles.

Local media reported that an injunction had been issued by a local court to clear the airport of protesters.

Protesters hold placards as they block the departure gate of the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 during a demonstration in Hong Kong, on August 13, 2019.

What began as a largely leaderless effort to block legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China has expanded into a list of demands including investigations into police tactics and a direct vote to replace Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Hong Kong police said Wednesday that they had arrested five people for possession of weapons and for assaulting officers amid ongoing protests at the Hong Kong International Airport.

"The government doesn't forbid Thais from going to Hong Kong because it is their personal right". We love and care for Hong Kong.

US President Donald Trump deepened fears Beijing may be prepared to stage a military intervention to end the unrest, saying on Tuesday his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troop movements toward the Hong Kong border.

Protesters are demanding that it must be withdrawn completely.

Crowded Hong Kong is home to over 7.4 million people in a 426 square mile area making it one of the most densely places in the world.


The huge social gulf between the handful of billionaires who dominate Hong Kong, economically and politically, and the vast majority of the city's population looms large. Sovereignty of the land was given to China in 1997 by the British empire who had control of Hong Kong since 1842. "The average monthly salary in Hong Kong is around $HK17,500 ($US2,230), while the average rent for a one-bedroom flat in the city centre is $HK16,500".

A plane flies behind a new Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 after being received by the airline at Hong Kong Airport, China May 30, 2016.

Chinese authorities have likened the protests to "terrorism".

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime has ramped up its denunciations of protesters. "Sorry", read another protester's sign.

What's called the Basic Law - Hong Kong's "constitution" since the United Kingdom gave the territory back to China in 1997 - is clear about when Chinese military can be used in the city.

China's People's Armed Police was assembled in Shenzhen for "exercises", the state-backed Global Times newspaper said.

So will the disruptions sway public opinion on the demonstrations?

The South China Morning Post on Monday found the vehicles parked around the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, which was patrolled by "personnel in camouflage uniforms" who appeared happy to allow the hardware to be inspected and photographed but refused to answer questions about their mission.

Policemen with batons and shields shout at protesters during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

"Everyone should be calm and safe!"

Speaking to reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, Trump called the situation in Hong Kong "very tricky". "We'll see what happens". I hope nobody gets hurt. I get reports all day. "We stand here to obstruct, only for one single reason".

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