Among the thousand protesters currently fighting for their rights on the streets of Hongkong, a group of protesters waved American flags. This, along with singing the U.S. National anthem, was an act to urge President Donal Trump to help "liberate" the city from China. About a dozen men wearing masks to protect their identities waved the flags as they marched, defying police orders.
In his trade negotiations with China, President Trump includes the protests to make his point, saying the talks were "keeping down the temperature" in Hong Kong. Just a few months ago, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. An act that imposes sanctions on officials involved in abductions and this requires the State Department to annually re-assess whether or not the city remain autonomous. This has devastating effects for Hong Kong as it can potentially end its special trading status.
It is known that the U.S. has publicly voiced out their support for the Hong Kong protests that are currently taking place. President Trump is also imposing additional tariffs on the Chinese imports amounting to $300 billion. China's President Xi Jinping is facing great pressure. China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, blames the US and other western nations, claiming that they were behind the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Beijing is currently threatening military intervention towards the ongoing protests. Jiechi not only blames the U.S. and other western countries for fanning the fire but also urges them to respect international laws and not to intervene with their government and how they handle this issue.