Does China promotes military operation in Hong Kong protests?

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Does China promotes military operation in Hong Kong protests?
Does China promotes military operation in Hong Kong protests?

China has deployed  People’s Liberation Army in the Hong Kong Special Administrative region on Wednesday to restore public order. Earlier, in Hong Kong on Sunday evening, the coat of arms of the People’s Republic had been smeared at the Liaison Office of the Beijing Central Government. It was “intolerable” that “radicals” among the demonstrators in Hong Kong were questioning the color symbolizing the national symbol “the authority of the central government and the principle of ‘one country, two systems,” a Defense Ministry spokesman said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday. A White Paper with the military strategy of the country was presented.

When asked how that Ministry of Defense In response to the protests in Hong Kong, the spokesperson named Article 14 of Hong Kong’s “Garrison Law,” which contained “clear provisions.” According to them, the Hong Kong government may request the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army troops stationed on the island to provide “disaster relief” or “public order.” Watch the developments in Hong Kong and “in particular” the smearing at the Liaison Office on Sunday evening “exactly,” said the spokesman.

The words are a swirl of the Chinese government’s turn as to whether or not it will use the army against the seven-week mass protests in Hong Kong. So far, Beijing has avoided hints in this direction to avoid comparisons with the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. This year was the thirtieth anniversary of June 4th. At that time, troops of the People’s Liberation Army had shot at students and other demonstrators. According to estimates, several hundred people were killed.

The Hong Kong government announced Wednesday that it did not intend to request the People’s Liberation Army, to restore public order as required by Article 14, from the central government in Beijing. In mid-June, the commander of Hong Kong-based troops, Major General Chen Daoxiang, said to a senior US Defense Department official that the People’s Liberation Army would not intervene in the protests in Hong Kong, according to a report from Reuters.

In its new policy paper on military policy, Beijing cites ensuring political and social stability in the country as one of the Army’s key objectives, which today has around two million soldiers. In the 70-page White Paper, the government targets the United States in particular, which sought “military superiority” and endangered security in the Asia-Pacific region. The world is increasingly dominated by hegemonic aspirations, power politics and unilateralism, according to the paper. As an example, Beijing mentions the Thaad missile defense system, which is stationed in South Korea to ward off attacks from North Korea and, according to the Chinese government, “seriously undermines” the military balance in the region.

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China’s own military budget, calculated by the Stockholm Institute for International Peace Research, has risen for the 24th consecutive year and is now the second highest in the world. However, in the newly published White Paper, Beijing claims that the budget is only a quarter of America’s defense spending, making it hard for the People’s Republic to meet ever-greater international demands for aid and security. However, China will never aspire to hegemony and attack another country, according to the paper.

However, this does not apply to the island of Taiwan. This regards Beijing as a renegade province and strives for reunification by all means. For the independence movement in Taiwan, where presidential elections will take place next year, the White Paper is harsh. So you give “no promise” to renounce the use of force in the fight against “separatists”. Keep all necessary measures. The territorial claims on islands in the South China Sea would enforce China by emergency means by military means.

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