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Another night of violence for Hong Kong

Another night of violence for Hong Kong

Most flights appeared to be running on schedule based on one of the departure boards at the airport and hundreds of travelers were in the departures hall.

Hong Kong legal experts say Beijing might be paving the way to use anti-terrorism laws to try to quell the demonstrations.

However, Chinese state media has stopped short of calling for military action to deal with the protests.

China's civil aviation regulator demanded that the airline suspend staff who joined or backed the protests from flights in its airspace, pushing the carrier's shares past Monday's 10-year low.

The USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie were scheduled for port visits in Hong Kong this Saturday and in September, respectively, but the Chinese government has denied the requests, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy spokesman Cmdr.

China's Hong Kong Liaison office said on Wednesday that anti government protesters were no different to "terrorists", as U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong and urged calm.

Demonstrators who have been protesting for the past nine weeks against Beijing's growing influence in the special administrative region targeted the worldwide airport for a second day on Tuesday.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam is warning that weeks of protests are putting the territory's stability in danger.

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Property developers Henderson Land Development, Cheung Kong Holdings and Sun Hung Kai Holdings also took out newspaper advertisement in support of the government on Wednesday.

Demonstrators form a barricade as they clash with riot police at Hong Kong International Airport, Aug. 13, 2019. Elsewhere, protesters engaged in a heated debated with a Chinese visitor who was angry at the amount of money the delays had cost him, with one protester throwing coins in his direction.

"If Hong Kong rioters can not read the signal of having armed police gathering in Shenzhen, then they are asking for self-destruction", the Global Times post warned. In a social media post in Chinese on Tuesday, the Global Times stated that "if Hong Kong rioters can not read the signal of having armed police gathering in Shenzhen, then they are asking for self-destruction", according to a CNBC translation.

The People's Daily posted a statement on social media saying the People's Armed Police are in Shenzhen prepared to handle "riots, disturbance, major violence and crime and terrorism-related social security issues".

The state-owned Chinese media has also accused the United States of being the "black hand" behind the Hong Kong protests and attempting to foment a "colour revolution" on China's doorstep. "But we fight for our rights; democracy was promised as part of One country Two systems". "Everyone should be calm and safe". "We'll see what happens".

"I hope it works out for everybody, including China", he told reporters, adding: "I hope it works out for liberty". "I hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets killed", he said.

The protests represent one of the biggest challenges for Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.