China appears to be gearing up for a possible military intervention in Hong Kong, but experts say Beijing is likely bluffing

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Though China appears to be gearing up for military intervention in Hong Kong, experts are skeptical that the country is ready to pull the trigger just yet on a move that would likely have devastating consequences.
China has been flexing its military might for several weeks, implying a readiness to send troops into Hong Kong in response to over 10 weeks of escalating protests that show no sign of ending.
Chinese military vehicles have gathered in Shenzhen, a city in mainland China bordering Hong Kong.
But just because China can intervene doesn’t mean it will just yet.
Experts say Chinese mediation in Hong Kong is not imminent, and say recent military displays are part of a wider strategy aimed at intimidation and deterrence.
Still, they said that if China decides to use force, the results would likely be a “catastrophe” for China and Hong Kong’s society, economy, and way of life.
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Though China appears to be gearing up for military intervention in Hong Kong, experts are skeptical that the country is ready to pull the trigger just yet on a move that would likely have devastating consequences.

Chinese military vehicles have gathered in Shenzhen, a city in mainland China bordering Hong Kong, in what is being perceived as a warning sign from China in response to over 10 weeks of escalating protests in Hong Kong.

What initially started as a protest against a proposed bill that would allow for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China for trial has ballooned into a fight to uphold democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

In a propaganda video released by Chinese state media this week, numerous armored personnel carriers, trucks, and other vehicles can be seen parading through the streets of Shenzhen “in advance of apparent large-scale exercises.” The vehicles belong to the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force, a paramilitary police force responsible for riot control and counterterrorism.

The People’s Armed Police have been assembling in Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong, in advance of apparent large-scale exercises, videos obtained by the Global Times have shown. https://t.co/3KgaXeHw3C pic.twitter.com/YXAORMay0W

— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 12, 2019

Additional video posted to social media appeared to show military vehicles entering the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, a large stadium located just 5 kilometers, or 3 miles, from the entrance to the Shenzhen Bay Bridge, which connects the city to Hong Kong.

Read more: Satellite photos show more than 100 Chinese military vehicles massed at a soccer stadium near the Hong Kong border

China has been flexing its military might for several weeks in the lead up to what has been labelled by observers as its most explicit threat of force seen yet.

Last week, 12,000 police officers, tanks, helicopters, and amphibious vehicles gathered in Shenzhen for what appeared to be anti-riot drills. In videos of the drills posted on Twitter by Chinese state media, police appear to charge at protesters …read more

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