Hong Kong's low-profile PLA garrison in the spotlight

To maintain a positive public image and cultivate trust, the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong garrison organises annual open house events, showcasing its weaponry and bases.
To maintain a positive public image and cultivate trust, the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong garrison organises annual open house events, showcasing its weaponry and bases.PHOTO: REUTERS

When about 400 soldiers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) stepped out of their barracks to help clear debris after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong last year, some people were not too happy with their visible presence.

Such has been the discomfort that people in Hong Kong have with Chinese troops since they marched into the territory when the British returned the city to China in 1997.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2019, with the headline 'Hong Kong's low-profile PLA garrison in the spotlight'. Subscribe