US monitors congregation of Chinese forces in Hong Kong border – report

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The White House is monitoring a congregation of Chinese forces on Hong Kong’s border according to a senior administration official, Bloomberg reports on Wednesday, July 31.

According to the official the nature of the Chinese military or armed police buildup wasn’t clear.

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo told the travelling press en route to Thailand on July 30 “with respect to Hong Kong, these are the people of Hong Kong asking their government to listen to them. So it’s always appropriate for every government to listen to their people.”

“I think the protests are solely the responsibility of the people of Hong Kong, and I think they are the ones that are demanding that their government listen to them and hear their voices. It’s – I saw these remarks as well. It’s ludicrous on its face,” Pompeo said when asked to comment on Chinese official statement suggesting somehow that the United States is behind the protests.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said during July 30 press briefing that “the US has to be clear that we are talking about Hong Kong. It is China’s Hong Kong. Like we stressed many times, the Chinese government will never allow any foreign forces to have a hand in Hong Kong affairs. Neither will we allow them to mess up Hong Kong. The central government firmly supports the SAR government in governing Hong Kong in accordance with law and support Hong Kong police in strictly punishing violent criminals to uphold security and stability in Hong Kong.”

“Those who play fire will only get themselves burned. There have been so many lessons in history. We advise the US to immediately stop playing the dangerous game of pulling chestnut out of fire,” Hua added.