SHANGHÁI, 30 Aug. (Reuters / EP) –
The Chinese military who are in Hong Kong are not there for symbolic purposes and will have “no reason to remain idle” if the situation in the city worsens, as the Chinese newspaper 'China Daily' warned on Friday.
China completed this Thursday what it called a routine rotation of air, land and sea forces in Hong Kong.
The possibility of its deployment to quell the protests has taken over Hong Kong, but the city government has repeatedly said it can handle the situation.
According to analysts, between 8,000 and 10,000 Chinese military are divided into bases in southern China and a network of barracks in Hong Kong, which Beijing now manages as a special administrative region.
“Although the Government has so far not felt the need to resort to the military, that does not mean that it will not do so if the situation demands it,” the newspaper said.
“If the situation worsens, with violence and riots threatening to get out of control, the armed forces stationed in Hong Kong will have no reason to sit idly by,” he added.
The Hong Kong Constitution states that you can request the assistance of Chinese military to maintain public order, but “do not interfere in local affairs.”
The riots in Hong Kong increased in mid-June due to a now suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to China to be tried in courts controlled by the Communist Party.