China has warned that it will not sit by and watch the unrest unfolding in Hong Kong, as US President Donald Trump expressed concern over the risk of a violent response to pro-democracy protests.
Earlier, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet with demonstrators, while US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Beijing against creating a new Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong, referring to the deadly 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing.
In an interview with VOA News published yesterday, Bolton also said that people in America remember Tiananmen Square. He warned China that it would be a big mistake to create a new memory like that in Hong Kong.
The weeks-long Hong Kong protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider and sometimes violent call for democratic rights.