PLA soldiers show their skills during a naval base open day in Hong Kong. The PLA has had a presence in Hong Kong since the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Will China send in the troops to stamp out protests in Hong Kong?

  • Fears are growing in the city that the military could be called in to quell unrest
  • But the costs and complexities of doing so mean Beijing is highly unlikely to give the orders, observers say
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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PLA soldiers show their skills during a naval base open day in Hong Kong. The PLA has had a presence in Hong Kong since the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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The People’s Liberation Army has a garrison in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA-EFE

Chinese military can be deployed at Hong Kong’s request to contain protests, Beijing says

  • Radical protesters are challenging mainland government’s authority and principle of ‘one country, two systems’, defence spokesman says
  • Garrison Law gives Hong Kong option of asking for PLA’s help to maintain public order
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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The People’s Liberation Army has a garrison in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA-EFE
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