Chinese military equipment arrived in Hong Kong
The Chinese government called it "regular rotation"
/NOVOSTIVL/ Dozens of Chinese military vehicles entered into Hong Kong in the early hours of Thursday morning for a "routine rotation" of its members in its Hong Kong arm, state media claimed. This article appeared in the BusinessInsider.
Chinese state media on Thursday released videos and photos of the military movement as it was occurring, a move which stood in contrast with previous rotations which were reported on only after they were completed.
State news agency Xinhua reported that the military trucks rotated members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison at around 4 a.m. on Thursday.
The PLA has maintained a military presence in Hong Kong since Britain handed over the city's sovereignty to China in 1997, and quietly rotates its members every year.
People's Daily China, the Communist Party's mouthpiece, tweeted a video of the exercises, stressing that the move was a "normal routine annual rotation" and in line with Hong Kong's mini constitution, known as the Basic Law.
The Basic Law guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy from China, including a separate legal and judicial system.
It also stipulates that the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, composed of personnel from China's navy, ground, and air forces, can intervene in Hong Kong affairs if the local government calls on the military arm for the "maintenance of public order," or if China's Standing Committee decides Hong Kong is in a state of emergency. Hong Kong residents also posted videos of the movements on social media, showing dozens of military vehicles crossing the border in Huanggang Port, the vehicular border crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, southern China.