Chinese military build-up in Shenzhen as Hong Kong tensions escalate
A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows military and security vehicles parked in the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, in Shenzhen, China, 12 August 2019 (issued 14 August 2019).
According to media reports, military and security vehicles from the People’s Armed Police have gathered in Shenzhen, a city in south-eastern China which borders Hong Kong.
The special administrative region of Hong Kong has been gripped for weeks by mass protests, which began in June 2019 over a now-suspended extradition bill and have developed into an anti-government movement.
China’s Hong Kong Liaison office said on Wednesday that anti government protesters were no different to “terrorists”, as U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong and urged calm.
The Beijing-based Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office on Wednesday said extremely violent crimes must be severely punished in accordance with the law.
The strongly worded statements by China’s central government follow violent clashes between black clad protesters and riot police at Hong Kong’s international airport, which saw hundreds of flights halted for a second day in one of the world’s busiest transit hubs.
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