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Chinese army makes military exchanges in Hong Kong

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Chinese authorities have announced the entry of a group of military trucks into Hong Kong, which has been the scene of protests against the extradition law.

“The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began in the early hours of Thursday morning to make 22 substitutions for its members,” the official Xinhua news agency said.

The switch began since China took over the Hong Kong administration from Britain in 1997.

According to the agency, the replacement, approved by the Central Military Commission, is a “normal routine annual rotation” in accordance with the Law on the Protection of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Dennis Cook, a civil party delegate to the Hong Kong Legislative Assembly, said he believed the military moves were deliberately carried out in an attempt to warn the people of the region.

In addition to repealing the controversial extradition to China bill, protesters are demanding an independent investigation into the use of excessive force by the police, the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Kari Lam and a comprehensive democratic reform in the autonomous region.

Under the weight of the protests, Hong Kong’s chief executive announced the suspension of the controversial bill, but the protesters want it formally withdrawn, in addition to their other demands, which Beijing totally rejects.

Hong Kong manages its internal affairs independently, but it follows the People’s Republic of China in foreign and defense policies. Observers believe that the influence of the Beijing government on Hong Kong is increasing.

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