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Military parade for President Xi Jinping in Hong Kong

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hong Kong: Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in a potent display of Chinese military might as part of his landmark visit to politically divided Hong Kong.

The show of force came hours after activists were released from police custody following their arrest over a protest.

Xi arrived in the city on Thursday to mark 20 years since Hong Kong was returned to China by Britain.

A huge security operation shut down large parts of the city, with thousands of police deployed to keep away demonstrators angry at Beijing’s tightening grip.

Xi inspected troops at China’s People’s Liberation Army airfield in rural northern Hong Kong yesterday morning in the largest military parade since the 1997 handover.

Armoured vehicles topped with missile launchers and military helicopters lined Xi’s path for the 8-minute extravaganza.

Members of the public waved flags from packed stands and were given gift bags including a camouflage cap, water and snacks.

Press were barred from bringing an eclectic list of items, including make-up, deodorant, plants, animals, opium and heroin.

Friday’s parade was a rare display.

Source by: Internet

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