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Trump says China is sending troops to Hong Kong border

Trump says China is sending troops to Hong Kong border

"Everyone should be calm and safe!"

Separately, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying accused the U.S. of inciting protesters to turn against the local government and Beijing, while commentary in Chinese state news outlet Xinhua accused protesters intent on "destroying Hong Kong's future".

Riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's airport late Tuesday night, a chaotic end to a second day of demonstrations that caused mass flight cancellations at the Chinese city's busy transport hub.

Police, wearing riot gear and brandishing truncheons later arrived at the airport, where they clashed with protesters.

Protests began 10 weeks ago in opposition to a bill that would allow the territory to extradite people facing criminal charges to mainland China, but the movement has expanded to include wider calls for democracy.

China's state-run Global Times also postulated that the "People's Armed Police" are congregating near Hong Kong for "large-scale exercises" and claimed "the main guns of the APCs appear to have been removed from their turrets".

After initially just voicing their demands with peaceful demonstrations, the protesters adopted more aggressive tactics yesterday and created barricades with luggage trolleys to block passengers at the departure halls.

Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as anti-government protesters during the unrest in the city. "We stand here to obstruct, only for one single reason".

Mr. Leung is among Hong Kong's lowest class.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said in a tweet he supported the protesters' calls for freedom.

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"America is proof that democracy is worth fighting for".

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 2.10 percent in its third straight day of losses.

Demonstrators who have been protesting for the past nine weeks against Beijing's growing influence in the special administrative region targeted the global airport for a second day on Tuesday.

Several other Western officials sounded alarms over the escalating violence and Beijing's intensifying rhetoric against the protesters.

The state-owned Chinese media has also accused the United States of being the "black hand" behind the Hong Kong protests and attempting to foment a "colour revolution" on China's doorstep. Sovereignty of the land was given to China in 1997 by the British empire who had control of Hong Kong since 1842. "Now, and in the coming days, we are all Hong Kongers".

Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, suspended consideration of the bill indefinitely but stopped short of completely withdrawing it from the legislative agenda.

Earlier, speaking to reporters in New Jersey, Trump said he hoped no one would be killed in the city's protests.

Chris Patten, who served as the last governor of Hong Kong before the city's transfer back from British rule, told BBC radio in an interview on August 13 that military intervention from China would be "a catastrophe" for both China and Hong Kong.

"I can't believe that any rational person inCarrie Lam's position would actually argue the case against a commission of inquiry", Patten said.