Interested in China? Add China as an interest to stay up to date on the latest China news, video, and analysis from ABC News. China has also accused foreign powers of fuelling the unrest. But those allegations were fueled by a meeting between a senior USA diplomat and some pro-democracy activists. "Releasing any of that personal information of an American diplomat is completely unacceptable".
The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong has called Ortagus' comments "blatant slander against China" and accused the USA of employing "gangster logic".
Other observers speculated Lau's return is a sign that Hong Kong officials, or their bosses in Beijing, no longer trust Hong Kong's current police leadership to handle the protests - either because they think the police have behaved in an excessive manner and made things worse, or because they doubt the current leadership is prepared to get as rough as Beijing wants them to be.
The State Department confirmed that its diplomat met with activists, but said that USA diplomats regularly meet with government officials, opposition figures, business leaders and more.
"If the government thinks we'll give up and not come out anymore they're wrong", said student Chris Wong, 20, at Tai Po.
Ortagus said it was the job of USA diplomats and those from other countries to meet with different people, including opposition leaders.
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He has been posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six air medals. "When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his five-year-old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye".
Ortagus did not name the diplomat, or elaborate further on what kinds of private information or children's details were disclosed. That is what a thuggish regime would do.
The protests, in which police have fired teargas and rubber bullets, began over a draft law that would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland courts.
A State Department official told AFP that representatives of the U.S. government "meet regularly with a wide cross section of people across Hong Kong and Macau".
During a demonstration in July, some radical protesters besieged the building of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and defaced the national emblem. Earlier on Saturday, in two separate protests, small groups of elderly Hong Kongers and families marched near the financial centre's business district. But sizable battles between masked and hard hat-fitted protesters and police continue.
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They dispersed, as noxious smoke also filled the train station there, bringing train passengers to tears.
The photograph appeared under the headline "Foreign Forces Intervene".
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But Pompeo has issued strong statements before, calling a senior Chinese official's comments that the West was behind some protests "ludicrous".