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PLA holds military drill in HK, locals invited to observe

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 13:02, July 04, 2015

HONG KONG, July 4 -- The People's Liberation Army(PLA) Hong Kong Garrison started a live-fire exercise in Hong Kong suburb on Saturday, the first of its kind since 1997 that local residents have been invited to observe.

At the Tsing Shan shooting range in the New Territories, soldiers with armored vehicles, anti-tank rockets and gunships from army, navy and air force of the garrison carried out a simulation of downtown Hong Kong defending.

Over 500 people from all walks of life observed the 'Hong Kong Defender-2015C' exercise, which was part of the garrison's plan during this summer following two exercises in May and June.

Three arms of the PLA, army, navy and air force, have garrisoned the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.

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