United States and China row over 'dangerous' Hong Kong reports on diplomat

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Flanked by business leaders, embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters that businesses in the Asian financial hub were very anxious about the economic fallout, after she met 33 business representatives and senior officials.

CCTV, the state-run broadcaster, called the US diplomat "the behind-the-scenes black hand creating chaos in Hong Kong", according to the New York Times, employing the term used against those who led the anti-government protests leading up to the Tiananmen massacre in 1989.

All in all, it's wiped some $19 billion from Hong Kong's 10 wealthiest people, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which says protests have had a massive impact on the wealth of those tied to Hong Kong-listed companies.

Hong Kong's flagship airline, Cathay Pacific, has become one of the highest-profile targets, while a Taiwanese bubble tea franchise and a popular Japanese sports drink have also felt online fury.

The Epoch Times will begin livestreaming the demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. EST, with footage and onsite reporting by our Hong Kong bureau.

She urged landlords to ease rents on hard-pressed retailers, but said she would give no ground on demands for an inquiry into police behaviour at demonstrations.

"I disagree with (establishing) an independent inquiry that targets police work", she said.

What initially started as a protest against a proposed billthat would allow for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China for trial has ballooned into a fight to uphold democracy in the semi-autonomous region.

The State Department Thursday accused the Chinese government of leaking personal information about a US diplomat in Hong Kong, including the names of her children.

Soaring property prices have pushed up rents and had a knock-on effect on the prices of goods and services.

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Hong Kong is seething, and it's draining multiple billions from the wealthy elite.

This footage shows protesters singing "Do You Hear The People Sing" from the musical Les Miserables.

There was no sign of a police presence at the airport early on Friday afternoon.

Luxury shops were caught up in the protests, with some shoppers even taking pictures of riot police, while other bystanders - at one stage hundreds - jeered the officers.

She said activists had printed stickers and banners in more than 16 languages. We want to spread our message internationally.

For nine weeks now, anti-government rallies have frequently ended in violent clashes with police - and some would-be visitors are concerned the city may be more risky than before.

US Senator Tom Cotton released a statement Tuesday warning Beijing against launching "a violent crackdown" on protesters in Hong Kong. "This is the only way to prevent the situation from getting worse", said the statement. That sparked concern over potential human rights abuses and unearthed a deep-seated distrust for many in Hong Kong. And other visitors may also decline with Britain, Japan, Singapore and Australia all issuing travel alerts following the violent protests.

"I don't really know what to think about the protest", said Joyce, a New Zealander.

And since the mainland's aggregated economic scale is 38 times bigger than Hong Kong's, it can naturally reinforce Hong Kong's development and help it to build a better tomorrow.

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