Hong Kong police arrested 11 people and confiscated multiple weapons on Sunday, stopping possible chaos and violence during massive protests in the city. Local officials acted on a tip and conducted citywide raids, where they found a hand gun, batons, pepper spray and a large amount of fireworks.
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The new commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force said he’s ready to take a “soft and hard approach” to policing pro-democracy protests in the city. On Saturday, Chris Ping-Keung Tang said officers are prepared to be “stringent on illegal violent action,” but flexible on other issues.
China is planning to develop the country’s Greater Bay Area, using a strategy officials said will further encourage the ‘one country, two systems policy’ with Hong Kong. Chinese officials released the initiative on Friday, calling it “a role model of high quality development,” and cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong government is planning to set up an independent commission to address the country’s ongoing protests. On Saturday, Hong Kong’s chief secretary said officials will not investigate police brutality, but they will develop a commission to restore the region’s peace and order.
Hong Kong protesters are praising President Trump for passing a bill to support their months-long demonstrations. Protesters held a pro-U.S. rally on Thursday to celebrate the measure.
President Trump has signed a pair of bipartisan bills aimed at protecting Hong Kong protesters. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act cleared the House and Senate last week with overwhelming support.
President Trump is saying a Phase One trade deal with China is ‘potentially very close.’ During a Friday morning interview, the president said the two sides “have a very good chance to make a deal.” However, he added the Trump administration is “not anxious” to strike a deal while the U.S. continues to benefit from the tariffs placed on Chinese products.
Two bipartisan bills supporting Hong Kong protesters are headed to the President Trump’s desk. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act cleared the House and Senate on Wednesday with overwhelming support.
China has strongly condemned the U.S. Senate’s legislation supporting human rights for Hong Kong protesters. In a statement Wednesday, Beijing’s foreign ministry stated China “resolutely opposes” the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The Chinese ministry called it a blatant interference in China’s internal affairs.