Hong Kong needn’t fear the PLA, even if it is a US-China battleground

This is no Tiananmen – despite delusional radicals on both left and right itching for a military intervention, Beijing is likely to wait these protests out. But another type of battle may already be underway – one for political influence

By Wang Xiangwei
South China Morning Post

Published: 9:30am, 3 Aug, 2019

Ever since Hong Kong’s protests against the now-defunct extradition bill turned violent on June 12, fears have been mounting that Beijing would deploy military forces to tackle the city’s worst political crisis in decades if law and order spiral out of control.

Those fears gnawing at the back of many minds have come to the fore as the violence escalated over the past month, and grew particularly strong on July 21, when protesters defaced the national emblem at the front of the Central Government’s Liaison Office – an act seen as the most blatant provocation of Beijing’s authority.

Three days later, Wu Qian, China’s defence ministry spokesman, dropped an obvious hint that Chinese military forces could be legally deployed to Hong Kong to maintain social order at the request of the city’s government.

Read more at SCMP


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