Hundreds of members of members of China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) were seen marching and conducting exercises in the city of Shenzhen near the Hong Kong border on Thursday.
Over 100 paramilitary vehicles, including armoured personnel carriers and troop trucks, were seen parked at a stadium in Shenzhen, with troops marching in fatigues. At least two of the vehicles were carrying water cannons, according to a Reuters report.
The exercises come after ten weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, including increasingly violent confrontations between police and protesters. A sit-in by protesters at the Hong Kong International Airport prompted two days of flight cancellations.
In recent days, Chinese state media posted videos of the PAP assembling in Shenzhen, while US President Donald Trump tweeted that US intelligence confirmed Chinese troop movements at the border.