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Share16 August 2019Pechino "has not yet decided whether to intervene with force to quell the Hong Kong uprising, but this option is clearly available": this is what the Global Times writes, tabloid of the official organ of the Chinese Communist Party, in which it also ensures that the repression of Tiananmen Square 30 years ago will not be repeated. The gathering of paramilitary forces in Shenzhen "is a clear warning to the Hong Kong rioters".
In an editorial entitled "Useless for Washington to play the Hong Kong card", the tabloid of the People's Daily, 'voice' of the Chinese Communist Party, ensures that the US "will not be in a position to intimidate China by using the 30-year riots "China is much stronger and more mature and its ability to handle complex situations has grown dramatically."
"If the rule of law cannot be restored and the riots intensify, then it will be imperative for the central government to take direct action in accordance with the Basic Law", the Constitution of Hong Kong. The hope is that the "Hong Kong society will recognize Washington's attempt to destroy the city", and thus "actively restore the rule of law under the leadership of the local government".
John Bolton, Trump's adviser on national security, warned China on Thursday against the idea of giving life to a "new Tiananmen Square", in response to student protest. And Beijing has repeatedly repeated its criticisms of "foreign forces" accused of feeding riots.
Yesterday Trump had invited Chinese President Xi to solve the Hong Kong problem quickly and humanely by dealing with the protesters. In his message via Twitter he wrote that "If President Xi met the demonstrators directly and personally, there would be a happy and enlightened conclusion to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!"