World News: 06:11 GMT Tuesday 13th August 2019. [Stock Market via SPi World News]
Chinese state media have ramped up the rhetoric against Hong Kong's pro-democracy campaigners, describing them on Tuesday as 'mobsters', warning they must never be appeased and raising the spectre of mainland security forces intervening to quash them. On Monday, Beijing described unrest and clashes in Hong Kong -- which started as opposition to a proposed extradition law but morphed into calls for democratic reform -- as 'terrorism emerging'. Chinese state media has repeatedly issued harsh criticism of the protests, which are the biggest threat to Beijing's rule in the semi-autonomous city since the handover in 1997.
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