Satellite images have emerged that appear to back up claims China was massing troops on the border of Hong Kong.
The two photos, showing what looks like around 120 army or police trucks in a stadium in the Chinese mainland city of Shenzhen, came after a video purporting to be of troop movements in the same area was retweeted by Donald Trump on Tuesday night.
The satellite pictures, of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, were taken on 12 August and was credited to Maxar technologies, a space technology firm based in the US.
The eight second clip of video that was retweeted by Mr Trump and widely circulated on social media, appeared to show dozens of trucks driving into the sports centre in western Shenzhen.
The sports centre is just off the main road that leads to one of the key access roads to Hong Kong, where anti-China protests have intensified in the last few days.
On Tuesday night, protesters clashed with security forces at the airport in Hong Kong, which is administered independently from China but is Chinese territory.
Rumours had been circulating for several days that the Chinese were preparing for an assault on the protests, sparking fears of a major crackdown.
Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
It is not known if the trucks are still at the Bay Sports Centre as cloud cover is preventing more up to date images.
A handful of people on Chinese social media site Weibo have mentioned military activity in the area in the last 24 hours, but Sky News has not been able to verify this.
The video Mr Trump retweeted was first put on Twitter two days ago by Alexander Krauss, a senior political adviser to Renew Europe, the liberal group in the European Parliament.
He said on 12 August: “Disturbing video taken in #Shenzhen just across the boarder with #HongKong. Something extraordinarily bad is about happen. #China #HongKongProtests #Democracy #SaveHongKong.”
Sky News has identified the spot from where the video was shot as a concourse, leading up to the stadium, above Binhai Avenue Side Road.
The level of development shows that it was almost certainly filmed after January 2019, as one of the buildings in the shot was only finished earlier this year.
Earlier, Mr Trump had tweeted: “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
Chinese state media has only said the exercises were planned previously and were not directly related to the unrest in Hong Kong.
But the government in Beijing has hardened its rhetoric in the last few days saying the protesters were beginning to show the “sprouts of terrorism”, after the airport had to be closed.
Secret China website reported on 11 August that a large-scale anti-riot rehearsal had been photographed by a number of people, with a “large number” of armed police gathering in east and central Shenzhen and other districts.
The site claimed Shenzhen’s Public Security Bureau had gathered 12,000 police officers to conduct training in the Baoan District Waterfront Plaza, about 6km (3.7 miles) from the stadium.
It reported that one Weibo user had seen a number of armed vehicles and more than 200 units of armed officers.
Hong Kong has featured widely in pro-China state media in the last few days, with the China Global Times reporting on a “brutal attack” by protesters on one of its reporters at Hong Kong’s airport.
The reporting, along with widespread sharing on Chinese social media of the treatment by demonstrators of the reporter and another “visitor”, has fuelled speculation of a possible intervention in Hong Kong.
YouTube star PewDiePie marries longtime girlfriend Marzia Bisognin in London | Ents & Arts News
YouTube star PewDiePie has married his longtime girlfriend Marzia Bisognin at a ceremony in London.
The 29-year-old, who has more than 99 million subscribers on the online video site, announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday.
He wrote: “We are married!!! I’m the happiest I can be.
“I’m so lucky to share my life with this amazing woman.”
The couple, who live in Brighton with their pugs Edgar and Maya, have been together for eight years.
They tied the knot at London’s Kew Gardens on Monday.
PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has the second most-subscribed YouTube channel in the world.
The Swedish former economics student mainly posts comedy-formatted shows which attract millions of views.
Bisognin had her own fashion YouTube channel called CutiePieMarzia up until 2012, which focused on fashion, beauty, DIY, books and movies.
Since 2015 she has launched several lines of fashion and design merchandise.
She posted on Instagram after her wedding: “Yesterday, the 19th of August – after exactly 8 years since we met – we celebrated our wedding with our closest friends and family.
“It was the most beautiful day, which I will treasure forever, I am so thankful for all the people that made time to attend the event and helped us celebrate our marriage.
“I feel like the luckiest person and I’m so full of love.
“Incredibly ecstatic to be able to call Felix my husband for the rest of our lives.”
The couple first met after Bisognin’s friend recommend that she watch “this idiot playing video games”.
They started dating in 2011 after she emailed him and told him that she found his videos funny.
The couple lived in Sweden and Italy before settling in the UK.
PewDiePie has been controversial. He was forced to apologise to fans after using a racial slur while live-streaming a video game.
Disney and YouTube said they would stop sponsoring his channel after some of his videos used Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic jokes.
Donald Trump: It would be appropriate for Russia to rejoin G7 | US News
Donald Trump has said it would be appropriate to let Russia join the G7 group of advanced industrialised countries.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, the US leader noted his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had pushed for Russia’s expulsion out of what used to be the G8 because President Vladimir Putin “outsmarted” him.
“But I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in. It should be the G8 because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia,” Mr Trump said.
Russia was pushed out of the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
He also said that John Sullivan, the US deputy secretary of state, “could very well be” the next US ambassador to Russia.
Mr Trump, who was hosting Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, indicated that Mr Sullivan was being considered for the job.
“He’s somebody that is being put up and respected very much… very respected. I know that Mike Pompeo likes him very much, and he’s very respected. He could very well be [my nominee],” he told reporters.
It was not the first time Mr Trump has suggested Russia be brought back into the G7, which groups the US, Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Italy and Canada – the countries representing 58% of the global net wealth of $317tn (£260tn).
He said in 2018 that Russia should attend a forthcoming G7 summit in Canada, with a Kremlin spokesman seeming to reject the idea, saying Russia was focused on other formats.
President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not choose the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow.
The US leader has periodically called for closer ties with Russia, despite his administration’s policy including strong sanctions against Moscow.
Last week, US administration officials knocked down media reports that Stephen Biegun, the US envoy for North Korea, was being considered as the next ambassador for Russia.
If Mr Sullivan is nominated for the role, he would succeed Jon Huntsman, who resigned earlier this month amid speculation he plans to run for governor of Utah.
Epstein questions await Prince Andrew at home as he holidays with Sarah Ferguson in Spain | UK News
While the unanswered questions keep coming about Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the Duke of York has been taking time out among Europe’s moneyed elite with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in Sotogrande.
According to locals, the pair are regulars in this part of southern Spain and Sarah is a familiar face at the Santa Maria polo club.
Jon Clarke, who has lived here for almost two decades, says the former Duchess of York has been here 11 or 12 times and often hands out the winners’ medals at the annual summer polo tournament.
We know the former couple flew into Spain last week and, as we toured the secluded lanes where some of the grandest estates are hidden in the hillsides trying to find them, it became clearer that they were still here.
We met an Argentinian woman who told us she had cooked a traditional barbecue for the pair who were guests at a private 50th birthday party on Monday night, also telling us she was going to do something similar for the Sultan of Brunei who’s also in the area.
Earlier in their stay, staff at the exclusive Cancha Dos restaurant, which is surrounded by private polo fields, told us they ate in a specially cordoned off area, but only after the prince’s security team had swept the place to make sure it was safe.
And workers at the Valderrama golf course, one of the best in the world, said the prince had been playing there.
In August, only members of the club are allowed to tee off, but even outside the summer month a round for non-members will set you back not far short of €500 (£456).
How long the duke is planning to stay here in the wealthy enclave in the sun is unclear.
What is as clear as the glistening sea of Sotogrande is the questions about his time with Jeffrey Epstein will still be waiting when he gets home.
A Buckingham Palace statement said: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.
“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
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