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Hong Kong activists upset by a planned Chinese military dock at waterfront

Published on Feb 17, 2014 5:47 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Plans to construct a Chinese military dock on a prime piece of Hong Kong waterfront sparked angry reaction from activists on Monday, the latest sign of resistance to Beijing's influence on the city.

A planning board last week granted permission for the 150 metre-long docking area on the city's downtown shoreline, designed to connect with an existing People's Liberation Army (PLA) barracks in Hong Kong's Admiralty district.

Civic Party lawmaker Kenneth Chan told AFP the plans ran contrary to the semi-autonomous status granted to the territory, which has its own government, currency and legal system.

"Balance was not achieved. The government, increasingly so, fails to practise the One Country Two Systems and its core values," Mr Chan said.

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