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US NewsChina rotates new troops into Hong Kong amid mass protests

16:50  29 august  2019
16:50  29 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese state media released footage Thursday of military troops moving into Hong Kong for what they call a routine rotation amid fears that the army will intervene in ongoing pro -democracy protests . Armored carriers, trucks and a patrol boat were shown crossing the

Chinese state media released footage Thursday of military troops moving into Hong Kong for what they call a routine rotation amid fears that the Demonstrations have often become violent. Hong Kong 's Chief Executive Carrie Lam says her administration was fully capable of handling protests

China rotates new troops into Hong Kong amid mass protests © Provided by The Associated Press In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, armored personnel carriers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) pass through the Huanggang Port border between China and Hong Kong, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Chinese state media has published photos of the country's Hong Kong-based troops' armored carriers and a patrol boat undertaking what they call a routine rotation. (Yuan Junmin/Xinhua via AP)

HONG KONG (AP) — China's military deployed fresh troops to Hong Kong on Thursday in what it called a routine rotation amid speculation that it might intervene in the city's pro-democracy protests.

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Chinese state media released footage Thursday of military troops moving into Hong Kong for what they call a routine rotation amid fears that the army will intervene in ongoing pro -democracy protests . Armored carriers, trucks and a patrol boat were shown crossing the border from neighboring Shenzhen.

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Video broadcast on China Central Television showed a long convoy of armored personnel carriers and trucks crossing the border at night and troops in formation disembarking from a ship. Earlier, scores of soldiers ran in unison onto trucks, which the state broadcaster said were bound for ports and entry points into Hong Kong. A handover ceremony was held before dawn.

"This time the task has a glorious mission. The responsibility is great. The job is difficult," an unnamed major said to troops before they departed. "The time for a true test has arrived!"

China rotates new troops into Hong Kong amid mass protests © Provided by The Associated Press In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, trucks carrying soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) pass through the Huanggang Port border between China and Hong Kong, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Chinese state media has published photos of the country's Hong Kong-based troops' armored carriers and a patrol boat undertaking what they call a routine rotation. (Yuan Junmin/Xinhua via AP) The official Xinhua News Agency said it was the 22nd rotation of the People's Liberation Army's garrison in Hong Kong. The previous one was in August 2018.

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China 's military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub.

China ’s military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against The protests are the greatest political threat to Hong Kong ’s government since the territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997, and one of the biggest

Nearly three months of fiery anti-government demonstrations have sparked concerns that the military will be deployed in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong garrison earlier published a promotional video with scenes of soldiers facing off with people dressed like protesters. China rotates new troops into Hong Kong amid mass protests © Reuters Troops are seen by a row of over a dozen army jeeps at the Shek Kong military base of People's Liberation Army (PLA) in New Territories, Hong Kong, China August 29, 2019.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told reporters in Beijing on Thursday that the demonstrators must abide by Hong Kong's laws.

A leader of 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong said the city's government is using the same tactics as five years ago.

China rotates new troops into Hong Kong amid mass protests © Getty The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) military vehicles move into Hong Kong in the early hours of Thursday, as The Xinhua news agency reported it was a routine annual rotation on August 29, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong Kong since 9 June against a controversial bill which allows extraditions to mainland China as the ongoing protests surpassed the Umbrella Movement five years ago, becoming the biggest political crisis since Britain handed its onetime colony back to China in 1997. Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam apologized for introducing the bill and declared it "dead", however the campaign continues to draw large crowds to voice their discontent while many end up in violent clashes with the police as protesters show no signs of stopping. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

"The government is just trying to threaten people with emergency law, with the entrance of the People's Liberation Army," Yvonne Leung said at a news conference.

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China 's military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub. Chinese state media described the troop movement in the early hours as routine, while Asian and

A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" framework, which promises the city certain democratic rights that are not afforded to the mainland. In recent years, however, some Hong Kong residents have accused Beijing of steadily eroding their freedoms.

The newly arrived Chinese troops have been educated on Hong Kong's laws and vowed to defend the nation's sovereignty, Xinhua said.

"We will firmly implement the guideline of 'one country, two systems' and the Basic Law and the Garrison Law of Hong Kong," Liu Zhaohui, the garrison's deputy chief of staff, said on CCTV.

China rotates new troops into Hong Kong amid mass protests © Provided by The Associated Press In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a ship from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy arrives at a naval base on Stonecutters Island in Hong Kong, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Chinese state media has published photos of the country's Hong Kong-based troops' armored carriers and a patrol boat undertaking what they call a routine rotation. (Yuan Junmin/Xinhua via AP) The Garrison Law allows the Hong Kong-stationed troops to help maintain public order at the request of the city government. That has never happened, and Hong Kong authorities have said they can handle the situation themselves.

Troops stationed in Macao, another special administrative region, also completed a rotation Thursday.

The Xinhua report on the previous rotation in August 2018 did not mention "one country, two systems" or national sovereignty.

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Wang reported from Beijing. Associated Press videojournalist Johnson Lai contributed to this report.

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