Rumors and Threats of Wars

War Rumours Threats: US lawmakers vow ‘swift consequences’ if Chinese military cracks down on Hong Kong

Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

War Rumours Threats: US lawmakers vow ‘swift consequences’ if Chinese military cracks down on Hong Kong

Mark Magnier. South China Morning Post•August 15, 2019

The US State Department said on Wednesday that it was “deeply concerned” by reports of Chinese forces massing on the border with Hong Kong and urged Beijing to respect the territory’s autonomy. A US congressional committee also promised “swift consequences” for any military crackdown amid continued pro-democracy demonstrations.

The statement by a State Department spokeswoman cited “staunch” support for freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly in Hong Kong. The lawmakers’ statement, co-authored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, referred to Beijing’s bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 and dovetailed with comments by China experts. The bipartisan comments were significantly more forceful than those made recently by US President Donald Trump.

“Thirty years after the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brutal massacre of peaceful democratic protesters in Tiananmen Square, we are concerned that China would consider again brutally putting down peaceful protests,” said Engel, a Democrat, and the committee’s lead Republican, Michael McCaul.

“We urge China to avoid making such a mistake, which would be met with universal condemnation and swift consequences,” they added.

On Tuesday, Trump seemed to adopt a neutral stance toward the protests, telling reporters he hoped the “very tricky” situation in the territory “works out for everybody including China. I hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets killed.”

Trump has displayed little concern over human rights, either for the people of Hong Kong or for human rights more generally, making it all the more important that other US voices speak out forcefully in support of the territory’s autonomy, according to Jerome Cohen, a China scholar with the Council on Foreign Relations and law professor at New York University.

“We have a president who seems to be giving the license to [President] Xi Jinping to do whatever you have to do to bring peace and stability back to Hong Kong,” Cohen said on Wednesday. “It’s difficult for us because Beijing is trying to neutralise him by claiming falsely that everything in Hong Kong is really the product of a CIA-sponsored colour revolution, and that of course is nonsense.”

“I think the US has a lot to do in terms of forging an appropriate response to this,” Cohen added.

In its statement, the State Department pushed back at recent Beijing claims that dark foreign forces were instigating the unrest, a long-standing response for Beijing when faced with vocal anger by citizens.

“We categorically reject the false charge of foreign forces as the black hand behind the protests,” the US official said. “We condemn violence and urge all sides to exercise restraint, but remain staunch in our support for freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly in Hong Kong.”

The US is deeply concerned by reports of forces amassing on the border, urges Beijing to adhere to the Sino-British Joint Declaration allowing Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy and believes protests reflect broad and legitimate concerns among Hong Kong citizens over the loss of autonomy, the State Department added.

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