Hong Kong protests: Military option for China remains least likely scenario, say experts

Chinese servicemen during a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, which is across the bay from Hong Kong, on Aug 16, 2019.
Chinese servicemen during a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, which is across the bay from Hong Kong, on Aug 16, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - There is no doubt that Chinese leaders are in the grip of an intense debate now with unrest in Hong Kong escalating.

Should Beijing intervene directly and send in its troops?

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