Hong Kong pro-democracy 'sins' fuel boycott calls in China

10 Août, 2019, 14:39 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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The State Department Thursday accused the Chinese government of leaking personal information about a US diplomat in Hong Kong, including the names of her children.

China has accused Western countries and the U.S.in particular of orchestrating the movement, which protesters deny.

"The mainland wants very much to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and they've been kind of saying implicitly one country three systems that will be the mainland system, the Hong Kong system, with autonomy for Taiwan", Locke said. The article also included details about Julie Eadeh's personal life, such as her various postings as a diplomat and her husband, a fellow US diplomat, and their two sons. In the middle of the protest, Hong Kong's state-affiliated newspaper Ta Kung Pao ran an article disclosing personal details about an American embassy official, identified as Julie Eadeh, including the names of her children.

Earlier on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he was not ready to make a deal with China and even called a September round of trade talks into question, reviving concerns in financial markets that the bilateral dispute is unlikely to end anytime soon.

Media captionWhy did protesters take to the streets in Hong Kong?

The State Department confirmed that its diplomat met with activists, but said that US diplomats regularly meet with government officials, opposition figures, business leaders and more.

Protest members participate in a rally titled "Guard Our Children's Future" at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong August 10, 2019.

Ortagus then turned the tables on Beijing and accused the government of leaking the details and photos of the meeting in order to "harass" Eadeh.

It came on the same day a state department spokeswoman denounced China as a "thuggish regime" after a state newspaper published the name and photo of a U.S. diplomat allegedly talking to activists. That is what a thuggish regime would do.

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Flanked by business leaders, embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters that businesses in the Asian financial hub were very anxious about the economic fallout, after she met 33 business representatives and senior officials.

Hong Kong has been plunged into chaos by weeks of protests triggered by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

Hong Kong's powerful property developers spoke out for the first time yesterday, urging calm in a statement signed by 17 companies.

The mass sit-in was aimed at highlighting five demands, namely total withdrawal of the extradition bill, amnesty for arrested protesters, retraction of the "rioting" label on the protests, independent inquiry into police conduct, and the resignation of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as the city's chief executive.

"I'm taking issue with the Chinese saying they issued a formal protest when in fact they harassed an American diplomat", Ortagus said at the press conference. Along with tear gas, police have used rubber bullets, sponge-tipped grenades and beanbag rounds.

Hong Kong-listed Cathay is 45 per cent owned by Swire Pacific and 22.7 pcer cent held by Air China, according to Refinitiv Eikon.

"No rioters, only tyranny", the demonstrators chanted, with some holding signs reading: "Save Hong Kong from tyranny and police brutality!" read one sign.

Echoing comments from officials, Chinese state media have ramped up rhetoric against the "radical" protests that have been organised by "violent criminals".

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