BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s navy has rotated a brand new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the transfer as routine, state media stated on Thursday, as protests in opposition to Beijing proceed to rock the Asian monetary hub.
Asian and Western diplomats in Hong Kong watching the Individuals’s Liberation Military (PLA) actions had been anticipating a routine rotation about this time and can be wanting intently for any signal of elevated numbers or uncommon exercise.
Hong Kong has been engulfed in indignant and generally violent protests in opposition to the federal government for 3 months, sparked by a now-suspended extradition invoice and issues that Beijing was making an attempt to convey the territory below higher mainland management.
The protests are the best political risk to Hong Kong’s authorities for the reason that territory returned to Chinese language rule in 1997, and one of many greatest in style challenges to Chinese language chief Xi Jinping since he got here to energy in 2012.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard, extra reporting Greg Torode; Modifying by Michael Perry