Amid ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, Chinese officials have rejected a US request to have two US Navy ships make port visits there in the coming weeks.
“The Chinese Government denied requests for port visits to Hong Kong by the USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie, which were scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks,” Cmdr. Nate Christensen, the deputy spokesman for the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement on Tuesday.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay was scheduled to visit Hong Kong on August 17 and the guided missile-cruiser USS Lake Erie was scheduled to visit next month.
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WNU Editor: The last thing that Beijing and the Hong Kong authorities want to see right now are U.S. warships in Hong Kong waters.
China denies Hong Kong port visit for U.S. Navy ships amid tensions — Reuters
China denies US warship visits to Hong Kong: Navy — AFP
Two U.S. Warships, Marines Denied Port Visits to Hong Kong Amidst Protests — USNI Nws
China denies request for US Navy warships to visit a restive Hong Kong — FOX News
China bars US warships from making port call in Hong Kong as tensions mount amid continued protests — Business Insider
China Denies US Navy Request For Two Upcoming Port Visits – Defense Dept — Sputnik