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Trump says China is moving troops toward Hong Kong

US President Donald Trump tweets that American intelligence believes that the Chinese government is moving troops to its border with Hong Kong.

Trump also tweets that “Everyone should be calm and safe!” He provides no additional details.

Riot police briefly clashed with pro-democracy protesters outside the Hong Kong Airport for the second day on Tuesday though calm returns to the airport in the early hours of Wednesday.

The airport disruptions are an escalation of a summer of demonstrations against what some in Hong Kong see as an increasing erosion of freedoms. The protests have in recent weeks turned to focus on police brutality against demonstrators.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump called the Hong Kong protests a “very tricky situation,” saying he hopes no one is injured or killed.

— AP

Police scuffle with pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong’s International Airport on August 13, 2019. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP)

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