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As Hong Kong descends into chaos, China mulls its options


Added 11-12-19 09:35:02pm EST - “A sharp escalation of violence in Hong Kong is once again raising the question of how China's central government will respond: Will it deploy its armed forces, or allow the chaos and destruction to continue?” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “As Hong Kong descends into chaos, China mulls its options”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BEIJING (AP) - A sharp escalation of violence in Hong Kong is once again raising the question of how China’s central government will respond: Will it deploy its armed forces, or allow the chaos and destruction to continue?

Protests persisted Tuesday at university campuses and the central business district following a day of violence that left two people in critical condition after a police officer shot a protester and a man was set on fire during an argument with demonstrators.

Rioters again disrupted traffic and vandalized shops in multiple neighborhoods. Subways were partially shut down, and passengers on one train were forced to get off and walk along the tracks.

The unabating tumult, now in its sixth month, may give the ruling Communist Party the justification it needs to intervene, analysts said.

“Beijing is hoping that the Hong Kong community will start blaming the protesters and support the restoration of order,” said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a political science professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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