“I don’t believe that, given the sensitive timing that we have right now, that this is anything routine,” he said. “I believe it’s a deliberate posture on the part of the PLA to tell, or warn, the Hong Kong people that they may be deployed.”
At 4 am on Thursday, the Xinhua News Agency put out a report calling the movements routine and saying the Hong Kong garrison had begun its 22nd troop rotation since 1997. But they come amid almost three months of anti-government protests.
Speaking on RTHK’s “Hong Kong Today” programme, Kwok said the use of troops would be the end of Hong Kong and he would warn the central government against any such move.