Fears of Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong prompt warnings from US

By Jamie McIntyre |

‘THE WORLD IS WATCHING’: With 10 weeks of protests growing more effective — and violent — in Hong Kong, and amid reports that China’s People’s Armed Police are assembled in the nearby city Shenzhen for “exercises,” U.S. officials are calling for restraint on both sides.

“Increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its most serious crisis in decades, heightening fears of a hardline crackdown and sparking demands that the U.S. do more to guard Hong Kong’s special status,” writes Rob Crilly in the Washington Examiner.

“The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as Beijing tries to encroach on their autonomy and freedom,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell tweeted. “Any violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable,” he wrote, linking to remarks he made last month on the Senate floor. “The world is watching.”

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