China rejects request of two US Navy ships to dock in Hong Kong[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/8/14 8:13 • 127 times read[/rtl]
China has rejected the request of two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong in the coming weeks as the political crisis worsens in the former British colony, US officials said.
Officials, who asked not to be named, said the Green Bay transport ship had requested a visit later this month, while the warship Lake Erie, which is carrying guided missiles, had requested a visit in September.
One official said China did not give a specific reason for the rejection, but the move was not the first of its kind.
China had previously refused to visit the Wasp attack ship in September 2018, but the Blue Ridge amphibious docked in Hong Kong in April.
This came as police and demonstrators protesting against the growing influence of Beijing in Hong Kong at the international airport today after the disruption of flights for the second consecutive day.
Citing information from US intelligence agencies, US President Donald Trump said the Chinese government was sending troops to its border with Hong Kong and urged calm as the clashes continued.
It is unclear whether Trump is talking about new troop movements or moves near the border already reported by the media.
"Our intelligence has informed us that the Chinese government is moving troops to the border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and secure," Trump said in a tweet on Twitter.