PLA Hong Kong Gar­ri­son con­ducts emer­gency re­sponse ex­er­cises

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The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) Gar­ri­son in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion con­ducted joint pa­trol ex­er­cises fea­tur­ing both ground, naval and aerial forces on June 26, the PLA Daily re­ported on Tues­day.

The ex­er­cises were car­ried out in the sea and air spa­ces near Hong Kong, with the goal of ex­am­in­ing the troops’ com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties in terms of emer­gency re­sponse and joint op­er­a­tions, the re­port said.

Ne­ti­zens said the sta­tioned PLA Hong Kong Gar­ri­son is not a for­mal­ity, and the ex­er­cises proved just that.

The PLA Hong Kong Gar­ri­son is re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing against and re­sist­ing ag­gres­sion, safe­guard­ing the se­cu­rity of Hong Kong, car­ry­ing out de­fense du­ties, ad­min­is­ter­ing mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties and han­dling for­eign-re­lated mil­i­tary af­fairs, reads the Law of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China on Gar­rison­ing the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion.

The gar­ri­son held a three­day open day event on Satur­day in cel­e­bra­tion of the 22nd an­niver­sary of the city’s re­turn to China, with PLA sol­diers con­duct­ing ex­er­cises in com­bat tac­tics and var­i­ous firearms in­clud­ing ri­fles and ma­chine guns go­ing on dis­play.

Vi­o­lence erupted on Mon­day when some pro­test­ers smashed win­dows and stormed in, oc­cu­py­ing and van­dal­iz­ing the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil (Legco) cham­ber of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil on Tues­day strongly con­demned the rad­i­cal forces that stormed into the Legco build­ing of Hong Kong and dam­aged fa­cil­i­ties.

China urges re­lated coun­tries not to in­ter­fere with Hong Kong af­fairs and not to sup­port vi­o­lent of­fend­ers in any way, as Hong Kong af­fairs are China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs, said For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Geng Shuang at a routine press con­fer­ence on Tues­day.

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