China Appoints Former Paramilitary Chief to Command Hong Kong Garrison | Military news

Peng Jingtang will take up his post in Hong Kong after a stint as deputy chief of staff of the People’s Armed Police.

China has appointed a former paramilitary leader, Peng Jingtang, as the new commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday, citing the spokesman. APL.

Peng, who holds the rank of major general, was previously the deputy chief of staff of China’s paramilitary police, the People’s Armed Police. His nomination was signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, CCTV reported.

CCTV also quoted Peng as saying that he would work in his new appointment with all members of the garrison to follow the leadership of the ruling Communist Party and Xi, and steadfastly defend national sovereignty and security interests.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, with Beijing promising it would respect the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the territory – and unknown on the mainland – for at least 50 years.

Critics say China has failed to deliver on this pledge, noting that freedoms have been eroded, especially since the imposition of the National Security Law in June 2020, following pro-democracy protests in China. the previous year which at times turned violent.

Dozens of elected officials and activists have been arrested since the law came into force while others have fled into exile. Beijing also decided to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system, which it said was necessary to ensure that only “patriots” could hold office.