Trump says China moving troops to its border with Hong Kong

A suspected bean bag round was shot at a protester’s right eye

A suspected bean bag round was shot at a protester’s right eye

The city's administration, led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam and backed by Beijing, has adamantly refused to make any concessions to the protesters, other than to suspend the legislation. They present President Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

The strongly worded statements by China's central government follow violent clashes between black clad protesters and riot police at Hong Kong's global airport, which saw hundreds of flights halted for a second day in one of the world's busiest transit hubs.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the number of Thais in Hong Kong remains unknown, but confirmed that nobody has been injured in the protests because clashes between police and rioters have generally been confined to specific areas of the city.

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

By early today, most protesters had left and many flights were operating as scheduled in the morning. Check-in counters reopened to queues of hundreds of tired travellers who had waited overnight for their flights.

The sometimes violent protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China but have grown into wider calls for democracy.

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways (0293.HK) said it had suspended with immediate effect on Tuesday a second officer operating flight CX216 for misuse of company information, and had also commenced internal disciplinary proceedings.

Tactics by Hong Kong police have become a major issue for protesters. A front-page commentary on the overseas edition of the Communist Party's official People's Daily newspaper said on Wednesday Hong Kong had reached a critical juncture.

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam, gave an at-times emotional press conference on Tuesday morning in which she warned of unsafe consequences if escalating violence was not curbed.

Nearly 75 million passengers travelled through Hong Kong Airport in 2018, making it the eighth busiest airport in the world and the fourth busiest in Asia.

In another tweet characteristic of Trump, he said that Chinese intelligence had informed the USA that it was putting troops on the border of Hong Kong. It was not immediately clear whether Trump was reporting fresh troop movements or movements near the border already reported in the media. The very muted response to the threats of Chinese intervention to suppress the protests reflects concern in ruling circles that events in Hong Kong could be replicated in cities around the world.

Hong Kong has seen two months of anti-government demonstrations that have increasingly impacted day-to-day operations in the financial hub.

"We express the strongest condemnation of these terrorist-like actions", said Xu Luying, spokeswoman at the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs of the State Council, who called the two men " mainland China compatriots".

Hong Kong is now under a "one country two systems" principle, making it independent of China's legal systems and police force.

"China's escalating threats against HongKong is not an "internal matter", it's a blatant violation of commitment to Hong Kong's autonomy Beijing made in an global treaty", Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote in a tweet on August 13. "We resolutely support the Hong Kong police force and decisively enforce. and bring the criminals to justice as soon as possible".