UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Chinese military units deployed in the port city of Shenzhen, the closest point to the Hong Kong border, according to observers, to send a message to protesters in Hong Kong.
Chinese sources have also reported that uniformed members of the People’s Armed Police (PAP) armed with riot shields and batons, as well as many semi-militarized vehicles, are on alert at the border.
The PAP is a paramilitary force of 1.5 million men that the government regularly deploys to appease demonstrations within its borders. It is under the command of the Chinese Central Military Commission, chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In recent weeks, Hong Kong is the scene of street riots. The protests in Hong Kong broke out after the extradition of an accused to China but the protesters changed course, wishing for an autonomous authority and the effective removal of the head of the pro-Beijing government, Carrie Lam. Earlier, China warned that if protests continue, Hong Kong will face the worst situation ever, and may lose its status as Asia’s economic center.
Yesterday, Beijing banned two US warships from calling at Hong Kong port.
Beijing has effectively banned two US Navy warships from anchoring in Hong Kong’s port. USS Green Bay, an amphibious landing ship, was scheduled to make a stopover in Hong Kong on Saturday as USS Lake Erie guided missile cruiser called for a stopover at the port next month, Fleet Assistant Spokesman Nate Christensen said. of the United States Pacific, in a report.
“The Chinese government has rejected the demands of both ships to dock in Hong Kong harbor,” Christensen said.
Beijing accuses the West and the United States of supporting protesters in Hong Kong. Earlier this month, Beijing asked Hong Kong-based US diplomats to “stop interfering” in the region’s affairs after reports that they met “pro-democracy” militants.
Demonstrations in Hong Kong’s former semi-autonomous British colony intensified, with protesters blocking and paralyzing the airport on Tuesday.
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