lved in the assaults on the two mainland residents, said Tse Ch
un-chung, superintendent of the public relations branch of the Hong Kong police. 上海乌托邦
Paul Chan Mo-po, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administ
rative Region, said the government has cut its forecast of the region’s Gross Domestic Pro
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is year, the government had predicted GDP for 2019 would have been between 2 and 3 percent.
The downgrade in the forecast was attributed to the negative impact of prolonged pr
otests and violent clashes in the city, as well as the escalation of the Sino-US trade conflict since August. 上海乌托邦
Hong Kong’s GDP recorded a 0.6 percent year-on-year growth for both the first and second quarter of this year.
Warships’ visits untimely, would send wrong signal to protesters, experts say
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s plaguing the special administrative region as violent radicals have intensified their attacks on police, ob
structed public transport and commerce and threatened local residents’ lives and properties.
The Chinese government has the right to review and approve foreign na 上海乌托邦
val warships’ port call requests on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the pr
inciples of national sovereignty and development of circumstances at the time, experts said.
The United States Pacific Fleet’s deputy spokesman, Nate Christensen, said on Tuesday t 上海乌托邦品茶微信
hat China has denied scheduled port visits in Hong Kong by the amphibious transport dock ship USS G
reen Bay for Saturday and by the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie in September.
上海乌托邦US naval ships arriving now would send an “extremely dangerous and wro
ng” signal to Hong Kong’s rioters that their actions have the support of the US m
ilitary, thus stirring up new trouble and escalating tension to perilous heights, the experts added.
上海乌托邦品茶微信The last US warships to visit Hong Kong were the USS Blue Ridge amphibious command s
hip and the US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in April. Last week, the US State Department issued an advisory warnin
g urging travelers to Hong Kong to “exercise increased caution” due to “confrontational protests”.