U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards reporters from the Marine One helicopter to speak to them as he boards Air Force One for travel to Pennsylvania from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. August 13, 2019.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump has offered tepid support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, which experts warn paves the way for China to use military force.
China has massed troops near the Hong Kong border amid the protests, which have turned violent at times and have brought the city’s airport to a standstill, increasing fears a Tiananmen-style crackdown is on the horizon.
“It’s a green light for Beijing to proceed with a crackdown (rather than, say, a flashing yellow) and emboldens other dictators and would be authoritarians as well,” Ian Bremmer, a geopolitical expert and president of the Eurasia Group, told INSIDER.
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President Donald Trump’s lackluster response to the increasingly chaotic situation in Hong Kong serves as a “green light” for China to squash ongoing pro-democracy protests with military force, experts warn.

China has massed troops near the Hong Kong border amid the protests, which have turned violent at times and have brought the city’s airport to a standstill, increasing fears a Tiananmen-style crackdown is on the horizon.

But in a break with previous presidents from both parties, Trump has so far avoided offering a defense of the protesters, and not offered an explicit warning to China …read more


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