Beijing has option of forceful intervention in Hong Kong: Global Times tabloid

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has the option to 'forcefully intervene' to quell violent protests in Hong Kong, an influential state-controlled tabloid warned in an editorial on Friday, lashing out at what Beijing describes as U.S.

Reuters August 16, 2019 01:13:31 IST
Beijing has option of forceful intervention in Hong Kong: Global Times tabloid

Beijing has option of forceful intervention in Hong Kong Global Times tabloid

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has the option to "forcefully intervene" to quell violent protests in Hong Kong, an influential state-controlled tabloid warned in an editorial on Friday, lashing out at what Beijing describes as U.S. interference in Hong Kong.

"Beijing hasn't decided to forcefully intervene to quell the Hong Kong riots, but this option is clearly at Beijing's disposal," the Global Times wrote in the editorial.

"The People's Armed Police assembling in Shenzhen has sent a clear warning to the Hong Kong rioters," the newspaper said, referring to exercises that the paramilitary force has been conducting this week in the mainland Chinese city that borders Hong Kong.

"If Hong Kong cannot restore the rule of law on its own and the riots intensify, it's imperative then for the central government to take direct actions based on the Basic Law."

Beijing has repeatedly accused the United States of interfering in Hong Kong, and U.S. officials including lawmakers have been stepping up warnings for China not to crack down on the protesters.

The nationalist tabloid, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, said the situation in Hong Kong "won't be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989," referring to the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square 30 years ago.

"Washington will not be able to intimidate China by using the turmoil 30 years ago. China is much stronger and more mature, and its ability to manage complex situations has been greatly enhanced," the Global Times said.

(Reporting by Tony Munroe; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Gilead nears deal to buy Immunomedics for more than $20 billion, WSJ reports
Business

Gilead nears deal to buy Immunomedics for more than $20 billion, WSJ reports

(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc is nearing a deal to buy biopharmaceutical company Immunomedics Inc for more than $20 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter. A deal for Immunomedics, which last month reported positive data from a late-stage study for its breast-cancer drug, could be announced Monday if not sooner, the Journal said https://www.wsj.com/articles/gilead-nears-deal-to-buy-immunomedics-for-more-than-20-billion-11599936777?mod=hp_lead_pos2. Gilead and Immunomedics did not respond immediately to emailed requests from Reuters for comment

China bans German pork imports after African swine fever case
Business

China bans German pork imports after African swine fever case

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China banned pork imports from Germany on Saturday after it confirmed its first case of African swine fever last week, in a move set to hit German producers and push up global prices as China's meat supplies tighten. China's ban on imports from its third largest supplier comes as the world's top meat buyer deals with an unprecedented pork shortage after its own epidemic of the deadly hog disease. The ban on Germany, which has supplied about 14% of China's pork imports so far this year, will push up demand for meat from other major suppliers like the United States and Spain, boosting global prices.

Libya's Haftar committed to ending oil blockade, U.S. says
Business

Libya's Haftar committed to ending oil blockade, U.S. says

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar has committed to ending a months-long blockade of oil facilities, the U.S.