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Hong Kong’s Nightmare Scenario Is Chinese Troops on Streets

  • Once unthinkable, PLA intervention is now on analysts’ radars
  • It’s seen as a last resort given potentially dire consequences
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PLA in Hong Kong Releases Drill Video
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It has suddenly become one of the biggest questions in Hong Kong: What will the Chinese military do?

After eight weeks of increasingly violent unrest -- and more anti-government protests planned for this weekend -- anxiety is growing that Beijing might call in the People’s Liberation Army. China seems willing to at least feed the speculation with hints and signals, including the release of a video Wednesday showing troops practicing riot control.