Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) perform drills during a PLA Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks demonstration on June 30, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
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Hong Kong Garrison wants to "resolutely follow" the central government's instructions.
It came down as the Asian financial center continues to grapple with weeks of protests, that sometimes turned violent. Hundreds of thousands have been pouring into the streets of Hong Kong since early June.
Earlier, state media reported that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) had moved into Hong Kong.
On Thursday morning, the PLA's overseas statement said: "The Hong Kong Garrison resolutely wants to follow the instructions of the Central Government and the Central Military Commission, resolutely implement the 'one country, two systems' principle. "
Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule under a" one country, two systems "principle in 1
The garrison wants "resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security, and develop interests, effectively perform duties to defend Hong Kong's prosperity and stability," the statement
Earlier, state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the Hong Kong garrison had "conducted the 22nd rotation of its member s in the wee hours of Thursday, "Xinhua said.
The soldiers have been based.
The troops have been based in Hong Kong since 1997.
But as the months-long protests in the city in Shenzhen, a Chinese city bordering Hong Kong, and the military's movements on the ground were closely watched.
China's troop movements on Hong Kong protests and the failure of Hong Kong's leadership so far to address what remains a growing political and economic crisis, "said Milken Institute ute Asia fellow Curtis S. Chin.
"The continuing unintended consequences of Beijing intervention in Hong Kong affairs remains the slow death of what has been one of Asia's premiere financial hubs," Chin, who is so the former. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, told CNBC in an email.
The rallies in Hong Kong were initially spurred to be extradited to mainland China, but it has since evolved into
On Sunday, Hong Kong police report reportedly to their guns after protesters attacked officers with sticks and rods, and brought out cannon trucks for the first time – an escalation in the showdown with protesters.  – Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this article.