China's military dispatched fresh troops to Hong Kong on Thursday, which was referred to as routine rotation, speculating that it might intervene in the city's protests for democracy.
The video transmission on Chinese Central Television showed a long convoy of armored personnel carriers and trucks cross the border at night and troops in formation get off a ship. Previously, dozens of soldiers ran together on trucks, which were destined for Hong Kong ports and entry points, according to the state radio. Before dawn, a handover ceremony took place.
"This time the task is a glorious task, the responsibility is great, the work is difficult," an unnamed major told the troops before their departure. "The time has come for a real exam!"
Xinhua official news agency said it was the 22nd rotation of the People's Liberation Army occupation in Hong Kong. The previous one was in August 201
Nearly three months of fierce anti-government demonstrations have raised concerns about the military deploying in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong garrison previously released a promotional video featuring scenes of soldiers confronting people in protest clothing.
Escalation of the Hong Kong protest: tear gas, water cannons and a police officer firing a warning shot.
Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang said to reporters in Beijing on Thursday that demonstrators must comply with Hong Kong laws The government is using the same tactics it had five years ago.
"The government is just trying to threaten people with the emergence of the People's Liberation Army with the Emergency Law," said Yvonne Leung at a press conference.
A former The British colony of Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under a "one-country-two-system" framework that promised the city certain democratic rights that would not be granted to the mainland. In recent years, however, some residents of Hong Kong have accused Beijing of undermining their freedoms.
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The newly arrived Chinese troops were trained to Hong Kong's laws and vowed to defend the nation's sovereignty, said Xinhua Laut Liu Zhaohui, deputy chief of staff of the garrison the garrison law the public order on request maintained the city government. This has never happened before, and Hong Kong authorities have said they can handle the situation themselves.
Troops stationed in Macau, another special administrative region, have completed a rotation on Thursday.
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The Xinhua report on the previous rotation in August 2018 mentioned neither "one country, two systems" nor national sovereignty.