China denies US Navy ship visits to Hong Kong
The US Navy says the Chinese government has denied requests for two of its warships to make port visits to Hong Kong amid civil unrest.
Commander Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet, said the USS Green Bay had been scheduled to visit Hong Kong on Saturday and the USS Lake Erie was set to visit next month.
Cmdr Christensen said it was up to China to say why it denied the requests.
He said the US Navy expects port visits to Hong Kong to resume. The last Navy ship to visit was the USS Blue Ridge in April.
Riot police clashed briefly with pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's airport yesterday on a second day of demonstrations that caused mass cancellations and disruptions.
Meanwhile, a Hong Kong court has ordered demonstrators to cease their protests at the city's airport and to stop interfering with passengers, forcing them to leave the premises except for specially-designated areas.
A provisional injunction by the court banned people from "wilfully and unlawfully" interfering with or obstructing the airport's normal functioning, according to a statement posted by the Airport Authority on its website.
One of the world's main air-transport hubs, Hong Kong International Airport has since last Friday been swarmed by thousands of anti-government protesters who gathered there for a sit-in to draw international travellers' attention to their home city's ongoing political crisis and the alleged police brutality employed against demonstrators.
The protests left hundreds of travellers stranded and frustrated.
With the injunction, the protesters are now confined to a designated area within the airport to stage protests. The scope of the legal action, however, is not yet clear.
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