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Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers run during an exercise at Stonecutter Island naval base Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers during an exercise at Stonecutter Island naval base, in Hong Kong, June 30, 2019 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

Is Beijing Readying a Military Crackdown in Hong Kong?

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

Hong Kong experienced its most widespread antigovernment demonstrations yet Monday, as protests and a citywide strike led to road closures, disruptions to public transit systems and hundreds of flight cancellations. Riot police responded by volleying tear gas at demonstrators and arresting at least 82 people. Amid the chaos, the Chinese government warned “all the criminals to not wrongly judge the situation and take restraint for weakness.” That statement, Beijing’s sharpest denunciation of the protests yet, added to fears that the Chinese military could intervene to quash the protests. ...

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