SHENZHEN, CHINA – The US State Department expressed their concern that China could possibly deploy its paramilitary forces in Hong Kong to break up massive protests rocking the city for months.
The PAP is the 1.5 million-member paramilitary force the government regularly deploys to quell protests within its borders. It is under the command of China’s central military commission, headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The parking lot were also filled by 100-dark painted paramilitary vehicles including trucks, armored personnel carriers, armored wheel loaders, and vehicles carried water cannons.
Under Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its mini constitution, the government is legally allowed to request help from the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) garrison of more than 6,000 soldiers that is already based in the city. The Hong Kong government can request assistance to maintain public order and for disaster relief but would have to justify its reasons for needing PLA help.
A US state department spokesperson said on Wednesday: “The United States is deeply concerned
However, Western and Asian diplomats in Hong Kong believes that China has no appetite to deploy its PAP in Hong Kong because it would shatter the faith of international community in its “one country, two systems” model.