The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong held a live-fire military exercise in Tuen Mun with about 500 guests, including media representatives, watching.
The 45-minute drill, held at the Castle Peak Range on Monday, showed how PLA soldiers would fight a group of militants trying to attack the city, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Among the guests were Yang Jianping, deputy director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong; Song Zhe, commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; officials from the Security Bureau and Hong Kong Police Force; and a number of lawmakers and deputies to the National People’s Congress.
The PLA’s army and air force plus its special forces participated in the drill, with multiple weapons used to destroy a campsite supposedly built by the militants as their base to launch attacks in Hong Kong.
Calling the exercise part of its annual training program, the PLA said the purpose was to test the troops’ combat readiness and the effects of their combat training.
It pledged to carry out its duties effectively to defend Hong Kong as stipulated in the Basic Law and the Garrison Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Asked how he felt after watching the exercise, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok did not make any comment but only gave a thumbs up to show his satisfaction.
While some observers said the exercise was meant to deter those calling for Hong Kong independence, legislator and NPC deputy Michael Tien Puk-sun said he did not sense the PLA was trying to send out such a message.
It was a regular exercise aimed at letting Hong Kong people know the nation’s capability to defend itself and helping raise their sense of identity as well, Tien said.
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