Fire breaks out during clashes between riot police and protesting students next to Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on Sunday night. Photo: Winson Wong

PLA ‘committed to protecting’ Hong Kong as stand-off intensifies

  • Stopping violence and restoring order ‘most urgent task’ for the city, China’s defence ministry says
  • Chinese and US defence ministers discuss Hong Kong at Bangkok Asean meeting while clashes continue between police and radicals
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Fire breaks out during clashes between riot police and protesting students next to Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on Sunday night. Photo: Winson Wong
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Soldiers from one of the PLA’s top counterterrorism brigades were identified by their basketball shirts. Photo: SCMP

Chinese troops that cleaned up Hong Kong were from top counterterrorism brigade

  • Soldiers in bright basketball jerseys made no effort to hide their colours, but why were they on the streets?
  • Analyst says presence of troops from Xuefeng Special Operations Brigade raises questions about what PLA might do next
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Soldiers from one of the PLA’s top counterterrorism brigades were identified by their basketball shirts. Photo: SCMP
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