As another weekend of potentially violent clashes in Hong Kong nears, many people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city and around the world are asking the same question: would China really send in the People’s Liberation Army?
- Analysts say the chances of PLA soldiers descending into Hong Kong aren’t high
- Hong Kong still has 28 years to go of its One Country, Two Systems model
- Sending troops would deeply strain a number of diplomatic and financial relations
In recent weeks, the Chinese Government has gone to great lengths to tease the idea publicly.
A propaganda video from the Hong Kong garrison showing troops quelling civil unrest along with a similar large-scale police drill just across the mainland border were hardly subtle in their messaging.