Trump lukewarm on Hong Kong as trade talks enter 'final' stage


"She has single-handedly motivated and galvanized us to fight for democracy", an activist, who only gave her name as Tham, said mockingly during a Tuesday night rally at the Tsim Sha Tsui district.

People raise their mobile phones during a demonstration Monday evening local time, near an area cordoned off by police in Hong Kong.

As the final searches for any pro-democracy protesters still hiding in Hong Kong's Polytechnic University came up empty today, academic authorities prepared for the clean up following a near two-week siege of the campus by riot police. Democracy in Hong Kong might set a risky example for people elsewhere in the vast country, so it can not be allowed. The results were seen as a public rebuke of her tough line on the protests.

The result of Sunday's elections could force Beijing to rethink how to handle the unrest, which is now in its sixth month.

It is very likely that heads will roll in the mainland's Hong Kong Liaison Office, including that of its boss.

The protesters had blocked the tunnel's mouth, smashed toll booths, lit fires, and cemented bricks to the road, but it was reopened early today, and Hong Kong television showed a steady flow of vehicles surging through.

Wai, the vice president, said she is over 18 and not a student of the university. She received medical treatment and counselors were trying to convince her to surrender.

The search teams Wednesday found gasoline bombs and other risky items, a statement from Polytechnic said. The library was flooded, and the fuel tanks of cars had been forced open.

Pan-democrats in Hong Kong won nearly 90% of 452 district council seats in Sunday's elections - widely seen as a barometer of public sentiment after months of social unrest in the special administrative region.

The person who defeated her, Lester Shum, an active participant in the last six months' pro-democracy protest, said in response, "The government must respond to our five demands as soon as possible".

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Lam said she hopes to resume her community dialogue and will set up an independent review committee to find solutions to deep-seated societal issues.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler, reporting from Hong Kong, said Lam's reaction to the electoral defeat could also determine whether people would return to the streets and protest, or stay at home in the coming days. "But unfortunately, with the unstable environment and a chaotic situation, I could not do more on that sort of engagement".

"Everybody wants to go back to their normal life and this requires the concerted efforts of every one of us", Lam mentioned throughout her weekly tackle on the authorities's headquarters.

In the wake of the polls, pro-democracy politicians have stepped up calls for Lam to address the movement's key demands - such as direct popular elections for the city's leadership and legislature, and a probe into alleged police brutality against demonstrators.

Beijing, which blames foreign powers for fomenting the unrest in Hong Kong, has showed no signs that it may soften its stance on the former British colony, which was returned to China in 1997. But their elation, for the most part, was tempered by concern for protesters who remained holed up on the campus of a local university.

Some analysts have said China's ruling Communist Party should not ease its stance on Hong Kong. He added that Hong Kong's most urgent task was to re-establish order and stop the violence.

Though the president has suggested he might veto the legislation for the sake of retaining progress made in trade talks with Beijing, at home he faces huge pressure from a virtually unified Congress to give the go-ahead.

The newspaper also said the months-long social unrest in Hong Kong have "severely disrupted the elections process" and added that "patriotic candidates" were harassed on the day of the election by those seeking chaos, according to a CNBC translation.

China's foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Monday to protest against the passing in the US Congress of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, saying it amounted to interference in China's internal affairs. If it does not, it automatically becomes law.