China has denied a request for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong in the coming weeks, Reuters reports, citing American officials.
According to the report, transport dock ship Green Bay had requested to visit Hong Kong later this month, while guided-missile cruiser Lake Erie had sought to visit in September.
A source told Reuters that Beijing did not give a specific reason for rejecting the requests. But the move comes amid an escalated trade row between China and the US, and ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
The last time China denied a port visit to Hong Kong was for the assault ship Wasp in September 2018. The amphibious command ship Blue Ridge made a port visit to Hong Kong in April.
On Tuesday, police and demonstrators clashed at the Hong Kong airport after flights were disrupted for a second day.
In Washington, President Donald Trump urged clam, while claiming that the Chinese government was moving troops to the border with Hong Kong.
The situation in Hong Kong is tricky, Trump said, but added that he hopes it will work out for everybody, without anyone getting hurt or killed.
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