US lawmakers claimed Tuesday that in case China proceeds with military operations against Hong Kong protesters, tensions between the US and China will rise, reported Washington Examiner.
Senator Tom Cotton said that “if Beijing cracked down on Hong Kong, it would require a fundamental reassessment of our relations with their country, the kind that should have happened after Tiananmen Square.”
Chinese authorities said that the protesters in Hong Kong are engaging in “terrorist activities” and threatened to use the People’s Liberation Army to settle the protests. However, American lawmakers said that current Hong Kong special status would be lost if that happens. Hong Kong is now used as a “window” to the West as it is in a special status for trade with the West and for economic relations.
Experts say that Hong Kong may also suffer outflow of the foreign capital as investors are not feeling stable enough and that would make a very big impact on the economy of both China and Hong Kong. Others have argued that despite the high cost, China may still intervene.
Robert Spalding, senior fellow at Hudson Institute focusing on US-China relations, said that although The Communist Party of China knows what consequences may follow, they would not let the protesters get away. “Rather than the US decoupling, it could very well be the Chinese decide to decouple, just to preserve their central party,” he explained.
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was informed about soldiers deployed to the Hong Kong border. “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong,” he said later adding that the situation should be resolved with no one getting hurt.
Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
“The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation – very tough,” Trump told reporters. “We’ll see what happens.”
“It’s a very tricky situation. I think it will work out and I hope it works out, for liberty. I hope it works out for everybody, including China. I hope it works out peacefully. I hope nobody gets hurt. I hope nobody gets killed.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website