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Chinese military can be deployed at Hong Kong’s request to contain protests, Beijing says

Protesters shield themselves as a policeman uses pepper spray on July 13, 2019. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

BEIJING, Jul 25, 2019, SCMP. The Chinese military has said that it can be deployed to Hong Kong to maintain social order at the request of the city’s government, reported the South China Morning Post.

Wu Qian, a spokesman for China’s defence ministry, also said Sunday’s siege of the mainland government’s liaison office in Hong Kong was intolerable.

At a July 24, 2019, press conference, Wu echoed state media reports published the previous day denouncing vandalism of the central government liaison office in Hong Kong.

Wu said the July 21 siege, which followed weeks of mass protests against the city’s extradition bill, was a challenge to the bottom line of the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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