Hong Kong police applaud behaviour of Sunday protesters

Protestors gather during a rally at Victoria Park

Hong Kong. Billy H.C. Kwok—Getty Images

Now it appears that Hong Kong has been thrown into the mix.

The Hong Kong government said in a statement on Sunday night it was important to restore social order as soon as possible and that it would begin talks with the public and "rebuild social harmony when everything has calmed down".

Vice President Mike Pence warned violence against protesters in Hong Kong could sour trade negotiations with China as the Trump administration considers new tariffs. But their demands have also grown to include calls for the direct election of the city's leaders, seats on the Hong Kong legislature and an investigation into police conduct during the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Tsai told Pyne, who is visiting mainly to attend a one-day Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue forum to be held Tuesday, that Taiwan and Australia are close partners in the region and that she would like to see the two countries continue to enhance exchanges in various fronts in years to come.

One pro-China supporter says he's supporting the police in Hong Kong trying to suppress protests.

The existing legislation says Hong Kong authorities can only extradite people to countries with which it has standing extradition agreements.

Published on Sunday, the timing of the policy document coincided with the eleventh week of demonstrations in Hong Kong - the biggest challenge to China's rule of the semi-autonomous city since its 1997 handover from Britain.

Organizers of the demonstration claimed that 1.7 million people participated in the protest, but police, according to Hong Kong Free Press, put the number at only 128,000.

Initially triggered by opposition to a planned extradition law, the protests have evolved into a wider movement for democratic reforms.

Protesters had previously clashed with police in the streets during other weekend protests and for two days last week at Hong Kong's global airport, leading to the cancellation of almost 1,000 flights.

"Carrie Lam must respond to the five demands in order to show Hongkongers peaceful and rational expression can be heard, accepted and met", he said.

Hong Kong is gearing up for more protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes.

"The police are doing things that are totally unacceptable", said Yim, a protester who like many others gave only one name.

Wan also said Chinese state media is reporting inaccurate information about the protests, making it hard for the Chinese community to have a clear view of what is happening.

"We will stay together and voice out", Phillip said. The UN Human Rights High Commissioner and Amnesty International have both denounced the tactics Hong Kong police used while dispersing protesters, including firing tear gas inside an enclosed subway station and shooting crowd control equipment at close range.

"We have noted this, President Trump has previously said that Hong Kong is part of China and they must solve their problem by themselves".

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