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The situation in Hong Kong and China appears to be lose-lose.  

I can’t see a negotiating solution to which either side would agree. 

Unfortunately, China believes in smashing opposition, so expect the PLA to appear in overwhelming force.  

Tiananmen Square or Tian’anmen Square Square, v 2.  

Most Westerners associate Tiananmen with the lone protester in front of the tanks.  Most of the rest of the story has been suppressed by the Chinese government.  I was in Tiananmen Square in 2011, and the normal police presence there is simply overwhelming.  

Here is what most Westerners do not know: 

Reporters and Western diplomats there that day estimated that hundreds to thousands of protesters were killed in the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and as many as 10,000 were arrested.


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Beijing ramps up the propaganda, and starts using the term “terrorism”, language applied when it initiated the campaign to suppress Muslims in Western China. While this may be intended to intimidate, it might also be the propaganda ramp-up signalling a full scale assault on HK.

In AUS a debate develops over China.

China’s worst fears: Hong Kong, Taiwan and any other democracy | TheHill

The Hong Kong crisis underscores China’s strategy in the Pacific.

China Says Hong Kong Protests Show ‘First Signs of Terrorism’ – WSJ

Chinese authorities condemned violent weekend demonstrations in Hong Kong as “deranged acts” that marked the emergence of “the first signs of terrorism” in the semiautonomous city, vowing a merciless crackdown on the perpetrators.

Hong Kong protests budding terrorism, says Beijing | World | The Times

Beijing has called Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests “budding terrorism” in its harshest rhetoric yet as thousands of demonstrators gathered in the city’s airport forcing more than 100 flights to be cancelled. The condemnation from Beijing came after protesters hurled petrol bombs at pol

First signs of terrorism emerging in Hong Kong protests: Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

HONG KONG (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS) – China on Monday (Aug 12) slammed violent protesters in Hong Kong who had used “dangerous tools” to attack police officers and warned that “signs of terrorism are emerging”.   . Read more at

Beijing, Hong Kong in stalemate as protests show no signs of ending: ANALYSIS – ABC News

There are no easy solutions as protesters and the Hong Kong government dig in.

We cannot back down, say Hong Kong protesters as movement enters 10th week | World | The Sunday Times

Hong Kong protesters brushed aside warning from the authorities in Beijing and clashed with police for the tenth weekend in succession.In sweltering heat thousands of people gathered in Victoria Park to denounce police brutality, demand that a controversial extradition bill be fully withdrawn and ur

China demands Britain stop ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong

China warned Britain to stop &quot;meddling&quot; in Hong Kong, after a top British official called the international financial hub's leader to voice concern about protests that have rocked the city for two months. The pro-democracy protests, which are partly fuelled by widespread anger at an erosion

China’s army a threat to rattle Hong Kong ‘rioters’ | The Sunday Times

The football pitch in the middle of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison headquarters in Hong Kong was covered last week by camouflaged tents and marquees big enough to hide sizeable vehicles. The PLA offered no explanation. With protests continuing in the territory yesterday, any moves by th

Hong Kong protests: Protesters try new tactics to outwit police | The Times

The neon lights of Hennessy Road in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district were ablaze but the shops below were closed as the area turned into a battleground with protesters and riot police facing off against each other. At one end of the road hundreds of police inched forward behind shields, firing tear gas

Hong Kong airport grounds all flights as protest paralyzes hub: Live updates – CNN

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Hong Kong cancels all flights as Beijing says protesters show ‘signs of terrorism’ – Los Angeles Times

Hong Kong’s government canceled all flights from the city Monday afternoon as police headed toward a confrontation with protesters holding a mass sit-in against police violence at the airport.

Hong Kong airport cancels all flights for the rest of today amid ongoing protests

The situation in Hong Kong is also partly contributing to the negative sentiment in markets today The weekend marked the tenth straight week of protests in Hong Kong and was arguably the most violent weekend of confrontation between the police and the public. To those in the area, please be careful out there. By Justin Low

Hong Kong protestors cripple airport | Taiwan News

The airport authority has announced that check-ins for all remaining flights Monday are suspended

Hong Kong airport grinds to a halt as protests swell – Reuters

Hong Kong’s airport canceled all flights on Monday, with authorities blaming demonstrators for the disruption of one of the world’s busiest terminals, a dramatic escalation of anti-government protests that have roiled the Asian financial hub.

Fury over leading role played by senior British police officers in Hong Kong | Daily Mail Online

Chief Superintendent Rupert Dover, Chief Inspector David Jordan (pictured) and Supt Justin Shave – have been targeted for directing brutal operations by Hong Kong police.

Cathay Falls as It Draws China Wrath Over Hong Kong Protests – Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. shares tumbled to their lowest levels in a decade as China hit out at the airline after its employees joined anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific says it could fire staff who support Hong Kong protests – CNN

Starting on Saturday, employees of Cathay Pacific risk suspension if they participate in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The company announced the new rule Saturday, in response to an action by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Cathay Pacific shares drop after China orders carrier to suspend staff in protests By Reuters

Cathay Pacific shares drop after China orders carrier to suspend staff in protests

Stocks Edge Lower Amid Hong Kong Protests, Trade Woes – WSJ

U.S. stock futures and European equities edged down as escalating tensions between Chinese authorities and protesters in Hong Kong added to investors’ concerns about global trade.

Police fire tear gas in Hong Kong train stati… | Taiwan News

Tear gas deployed at multiple locations throughout the city Sunday.Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was deployed in the Sham Shui Po area, police said, calling a march there an “unauthorized assembly.” Nearby, protesters wearing gas masks gathered outside a police station in Cheung Sha Wan, as officers wearing their own protective gear looked down at them from a tall wall around the station.

Hong Kong’s economic troubles are just beginning – Nikkei Asian Review

Hong Kong, a city whose main business is, well, doing business, is facing an existential problem.After two months of protests, violence and shutdowns

Hong Kong protests: Clashes as police fire tear gas into rail station – BBC News

Protesters used a flash-mob mentality to evade police, who used batons and tear gas inside stations.

Hong Kong official fears protests could raise jobless rate – Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Law Chi-kwong, Hong Kong’s secretary for labor and welfare, said in an interview with Nikkei on Aug. 6 that escalating protests against Beiji

Will China stop Hong Kong’s protests? | Hong Kong | Al Jazeera

Beijing warns protesters, saying its patience is wearing thin after many weeks of chaos.

Asia Times | Under Carrie’s spell | Opinion

Killing the Extradition Bill and instituting an inquiry would virtually guarantee to restore Hong Kong to relative normality

Hong Kong Film Industry Bows to Beijing Boycott of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards | Hollywood Reporter

Hong Kong film studios have found themselves in a perilous political position following Beijing’s boycott order of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Awards, often referred to as “the Chinese Oscars.”

‘They’re being used’: Hong Kong protests divide neighbourhood, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters boast of a broad support base but their movement has divided some neighbourhoods, including Wong Tai Sin, where many police officers live.. Read more at

hong kong and moscow protesters aren’t backing down – The Washington Post

There’s little sign that either Russian or Chinese authorities will cede much ground to the pro-democracy movements. But the protesters are defiant.

Lennon Walls Increasingly Popular in Protests |

Four masked men at the University of Queensland staged an apparent counterprotest, destroying the symbol of free speech, The Guardian reported.

Chinese propaganda goes tech-savvy to reach a new generation

To stay relevant, the Chinese Communist Party is rethinking its approach to propaganda. The reviews are decidedly mixed, but overall, younger Chinese seem drawn to the messaging.


View from The Hill: It’s not in the ‘national interest’ for the backbench to shut up about China

The government is trying to shut down backbench contributions in the name of the “national interest”, but it is more an exercise of attempted control in its own interest.

Birmingham warns MPs to think twice before speaking out on ‘sensitive’ China matters | Australia news | The Guardian

Andrew Hastie should have first considered if his Nazi Germany analogy was ‘helpful to Australia’s national interests’, trade minister says

Former US Pacific Fleet commander praises Australia for ‘refreshing’ debate on China

Admiral Scott Swift, a former commander of the US Pacific Fleet from 2015 to 2018, says America lacks a “grand strategy” to respond to China.

Howard lashes rise of ‘authoritarian’ China

Former prime minister John Howard has lashed out at the rise of authoritarianism in China and warned Australia not to be mesmerised by Beijing, saying the protests in Hong Kong were a glimpse into China’s future.

We must see China – the opportunities and the threats – with clear eyes

The next decade will test our democratic values, economy and alliances, writes the chair of the parliamentary joint committee for intelligence and security.