China’s Hong Kong Liaison office said on Wednesday that anti government protesters were no different to “terrorists”, following violent clashes between black clad protesters and riot police at Hong Kong’s international airport.
Hong Kong's airport has obtained a court order to stop protesters after hosting a second night of chaos Tuesday (August 13) evening.
Hundreds of flights were rescheduled, forcing frustrated travellers to wait overnight to fly out.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TRAVELLER FROM AUSTRALIA, PHIL MCKOY, SAYING: "I am already two days late getting where I'm going to be and that is costing me money.'
Check-in counters were reopened Wednesday (August 14) morning amid heightened security, as workers scrubbed the airport from overnight blood and debris.
Beijing has condemned Tuesday's violence which saw crowds occupying terminals and later clashing with riot police.
As the chaos escalated, one policeman was seen pulling out a gun.
At another point - police say a large group had 'harassed and assaulted a visitor and a journalist.'
Video showed protesters restraining a man who was later confirmed to be a reporter for Chinese state media.
Some protesters said they believed another man that was held had been an undercover agent for Beijing.
On Wednesday, China's Hong Kong Liaison office condemned what it called 'near-terrorist acts' at the airport.
Meanwhile, new satellite images reportedly show Chinese military vehicles parked in Shenzhen - just across the border from Hong Kong.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said overnight that he has intelligence the Chinese military was moving troops to the border.
Chinese state media has stopped short of calling for military action to deal with the unrest, but with ten weeks of increasingly violent clashes between protesters and police there's speculation the military might intervene.
The protests began in opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill but have swelled into wider calls for democracy.
Anti-China protests were held in Canada’s Toronto on August 01. It was organized by Canada Hong Kong Link & Bangladesh Minority Rights Alliance. Indian, Tibetan, Vietnamese & Taiwanese diaspora joined the protest. Amid the protests, demonstrators praised India and chanted slogans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A woman representing the Hong Kong Canadian community said that it is of utmost importance for the people of the world to be united against China. She said, “I’m representing the Hong Kong Canadian community in joining force with our brothers and sisters from different ethnic communities to oppose to the brutal suppression of the Chinese authoritarian regime. We would like to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters that are under suppression in Tibet, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan and other parts of the world. It is of utmost importance for all people over the world to be united in saying no to this suppressive regime. We also need to urge the Canadian government to come up with a strong foreign policy.” Watch the full video for more details.
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election for the city's legislature for a year because of a spike in novel coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition hoping to make gains in the vote. Soraya Ali reports.
One of the few Republican governors to differ with President Donald Trump over how to handle the novel coronavirus pandemic has tested positive for COVID-19. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tweeted Thursday that he would not meet Trump on the airport tarmac when the president arrived in Ohio for a campaign stop. DeWine's diagnosis is particularly notable as he has taken aggressive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus in his state.
White House health experts are warning of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus in U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington and urged local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Union minister Piyush Goyal spoke at the Invest India Exclusive Investment Forum - Japan Edition on Thursday, seeking to boost trade ties between Delhi and Tokyo. He said that together, the two nations can overcome any adversity and be successful in geopolitical, strategic, trade and business, and people-to-people ventures. Japan is one of India's most-trusted and important trade partners, he added, stating that the former is the fourth-largest contributor to FDI in the latter. The latest trade push came amid persisting tension between Delhi and Beijing. As China remains aggressive along the Line of Actual Control, the Indian government is pursuing its 'atmanirbhar' or self-reliance goal. Multiple decisions taken recently by the Narendra Modi administration have been seen to be targeted at China. These include the banning of applications like TikTok, and tightening foreign direct investment and government contract bidding rules. Watch the full video for more.
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From China allowing Indians to return to another Uttar Pradesh minister reportedly testing positive - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 150 Indians including diplomats' kin, bank staff, etc will return to China on August 6. Beijing hadn't allowed Indians into China on a June 29 flight following which hectic talks took place. China will allow those who get tested within five days of journey and get health form endorsed. Bill Gates said that the US must have global approach on vaccine and not just 'take care of ourselves'. Meanwhile, China, which claims Taiwan as a part of its territory, has said that US must end Taiwan ties to avoid damage to Washington-Beijing ties. As per Reuters calculations, one person is dying every 15 seconds due to Covid. As per the past two weeks' data, nearly 5,900 Covid-related deaths happening every 24 hours. In UP, minister Brajesh Pathak has reportedly found infected on August 5, while another state minister Kamal Rani Varun had recently died due to Covid infection.
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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in the coming days, his office said on Tuesday, marking the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in four decades -- a move likely to anger China, which claims the island as its own. Gloria Tso reports.
The Trump administration was at a loss on Tuesday over the president's suggestion to shake down Microsoft in its proposed purchase of Chinese app TikTok. According to Gizmodo, the Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok in the US, possibly by putting it on a Commerce Department blacklist. The threat is based on largely theoretical concerns that Beijing-based owner ByteDance could use it to spy on tens of millions of users.