U.S. Observers: China’s “Beijing Olympics” Protests Are Taking Place in Hong Kong

White House Weighs How Forcefully to Support Protesters in China’s Hong Kong

The latest iteration of the “Beijing Olympics” protests have been taking place in Hong Kong for months. Last October, Chinese security forces attacked peaceful demonstrators and rioted at the local Occupy Central.

The protests have sparked worldwide condemnation over China’s “one-country, two-systems” policy, which allows people to live and work in Hong Kong and China, but prohibits them from engaging in activities that the Hong Kong administration deems illegal.

The recent protests have led to a series of protests around the world.

The United States has had a relatively frosty relationship with Hong Kong, but it isn’t clear what the U.S. government’s role will be or whether it will even consider intervening in Hong Kong until the current round of protests is over.

China has attempted to control and stifle Western criticism of how it manages its international affairs, and the U.S. has often made it clear that it shares that concern.

But there have been signs in the past week that the U.S. may be willing to take a somewhat closer look at what’s happening in Hong Kong.

“We recognize the need for the special status of Hong Kong and the special way in which it operates,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing. “We would also make clear that we are ready and willing to work with our allies and partners to support Hong Kong in a manner consistent with its status as a special administrative region of China.”

Kirby declined to elaborate on exactly what the U.S. can do to support the protesters, but in comments to The Hill, an administration official noted that the U.S. has a number of reasons to condemn China’s actions in Hong Kong.

“The U.S. supports Hong Kong’s special status, as well as its sovereignty,” the official said. “It also strongly believes that all countries should respect each other’s territorial integrity, and the U.S. does not take any position on whether

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