China appoints former paramilitary commander as Hong Kong garrison commander Military News

Peng Jingtang will serve in Hong Kong after serving as deputy chief of staff of the Armed Police.

China has appointed former paramilitary commander-in-chief Peng Jingtang as the new commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s garrison in Hong Kong, CCTV reported late Sunday, citing a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army.

The rank of Major General Peng was the deputy chief of staff of the Chinese Armed Police Force. CCTV said his appointment was signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

CCTV also quoted Peng Yuyan as saying that he will join all members of the garrison in his new post, follow the command of the ruling party and Xi Jinping, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and security interests.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, and Beijing has pledged to respect the rights and freedoms enjoyed in the region — little known on the mainland — for at least 50 years.

Critics say China has failed to deliver on that promise, citing erosion of freedoms, especially since the implementation of the national security law in June 2020, after pro-democracy protests the previous year turned violent at times.

Dozens of elected politicians and activists have been arrested since the law took effect, while others have fled into exile. Beijing has also set out to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system, saying it is necessary to ensure that only “patriots” can take office.

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