Hong Kong: Extradition Bill Protests Create Situation Similar to Tiananmen Square
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Hong Kong: Extradition Bill Protests Create Situation Similar to Tiananmen Square 

As Hong Kong enters its 11th week of extradition bill protests, China has asked the “foreign forces” not to interfere in the matters of the Chinese territory.

While US President Donald Trump is “concerned” about the risk of a violent Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong, China on the other hand has warned the UK that any interference would affect the UK-China ties.

At a press conference in London, Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said that some politicians still regard the territory as part of the UK and should “change their mindset”.

Questioning as to what Britain would have done had the protests occurred in the UK, Liu asked, “Would the UK allow extremists to storm the Palace of Westminster and damage its facilities and get away with it? Would the UK give permission for attacking police officers with lethal weapons or set fire to police stations without any punishment?”

“Would the UK allow so-called pro-democracy rioters to occupy the airport, obstruct traffic, disturb social order or threaten the safety and people’s life and property?” he added.

Two days back, Trump warned China to treat Hong Kong “humanely” or risk a trade deal.

“Millions of jobs are being lost in China to other non-Tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!” Trump tweeted.

“I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it,” Trump said. He further added that he would soon talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping and ask him to negotiate with the extradition bill protestors.

“I would be willing to bet that if he sat down with the protesters … I’ll bet he’d work it out in 15 minutes. I know it’s not the kind of thing he does,” Trump said during a campaign rally.

While major world powers like the US and the UK sympathise with Hong Kong and condemn the treatment of the demonstrators by the Chinese government, it has been highlighted that the tear gas used to disperse the extradition bill protestors may have been supplied by the US.

Over the years, military and defence equipment worth millions of dollars have been exported to Hong Kong from the US, including “toxicological agents” such as “tear gases and riot control agents”.

Following the Tiananmen Square massacre in mainland China, the US had banned the export of tear-inducing, throat-choking tear gas crime control equipment to China. Last month, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, referring to the export ban, tweeted “If Xi Jinping doesn’t stop eroding Hong Kong’s sovereignty & halt attacks on protestors, the US must consider applying the same policy to Hong Kong.”

While lawmakers debate over the US’ role in the Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests and citizens choke, a massacre like Tiananmen Square can be seen being repeated in the vandalised territory.

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