By Helene Fung, File Photo
On Twitter, US President Donald Trump urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to “meet directly and personally with the protesters” to resolve the tensions between protesters and the Hong Kong government which has lingered on for close to two months.
This tweet came a day after he tied a US trade deal with China to a “humanely solve the Hong Kong problem”, and suggested a personal meeting with Mr Xi. It also came hours after the US State Department expressed deep concern about reports of Chinese military movement along the Hong Kong border.
Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, suggested Beijing was ready to intervene. Mr Liu said that that China has “enough solutions and enough power within the limit of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s mini-constitution post 1997) to quell any unrest swiftly.”
“We hope this will end in an orderly way. In the meantime we are fully prepared for the worst,“ said Mr Liu.