Cathay to comply with China rules over Hong Kong protests

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Earlier this week China warned the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong not to "underestimate the firm resolve of the central government".

The bill has been suspended, but protesters have stepped up their demands and are now calling for greater democracy and Lam's resignation.

Hong Kong protesters readied to take to the streets again on Sunday (Aug 11), defying a police ban on marches in the Chinese-controlled territory and continuing a restive weekend of demonstrations which saw police fire teargas overnight.

In the call Friday, Lam told Raab that while her government "respects the diverse views held by members of the public on various issues as well as the freedoms of speech and assembly, it will not let violence and illegal behaviors disrupt public order", said a statement issued by her office.

Meanwhile, China is grappling with a slowing economy and the ongoing impacts of the U.S. -China trade war - was being undermined by the protests, which began in June.

Cathay also faced pressure online after China's state-run press fuelled a #BoycottCathayPacific hashtag, which trended on Chinese social media.

Beijing has told Washington to stop meddling in its domestic affairs and make a State Department spokesperson revise her language, after the top official tacitly referred to China as "a thuggish regime" amid protests in Hong Kong.

Young people have been at the forefront of the protests, anxious about the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong by China but also concerned with issues such as wealth disparities in the city.

The government of Hong Kong slammed the professor's claims and the surrounding rumors in a Thursday press release, saying the allegation of Beijing reinforcements was "absolutely unfounded and was a complete fabrication".

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The individual was not authorized to publicly discuss the decision and spoke only on condition of anonymity. She worked with thousands of intelligence professionals throughout the course of her career.

It also said two airport ground staff had been fired, without specifying why, but local media reported that they were accused of leaking the travel details of a Hong Kong police soccer team that was travelling to the mainland. "But she's the one who is destroying Hong Kong", he said.

In recent weeks, protesters have started graffiting the words "If we burn, you burn with us" onto buildings and barriers around the city and some unquestionably are seeking to inflict economic harm to force the Hong Kong government to accede to their demands. "It's now a contest of wills", Cheng said.

Demonstrators, a lot of them young, appeared only to be digging in.

Despite the sweltering heat, the demonstrators, majority young, kept police on their toes throughout last night, using the train system to effectively move from one place to the next.

Deploying the People's Liberation Army would be an "irrevocable and fateful decision, which would have devastating consequences for Beijing", Lam said.

"Hong Kong's future is theirs".

Based on Beijing's fiery rhetoric, the numbers of arrests already made and the range of charges being brought - including rioting, which carries a potential 10-year prison sentence - Lam said the authorities are likely to come down much harder than after 2014 demonstrations.

Huarong International, the investment arm in Hong Kong of China Huarong Asset Management Co, has instructed staff not to fly Cathay Pacific if there are other options, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters and confirmed by a source at the company.

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