Tue, November 25, 2008
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PLA forces in HK conduct 11th routine rotation

2008-11-25 07:57:12 GMT2008-11-25 15:57:12 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Air force officers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army wave to helicopters returning to the Chinese mainland during the annual rotation of military personnel in Hong Kong, November 25, 2008. [China Daily/Agencies]

Naval troops of Chinese People's Liberation Army stand in attention at a parade ground during the annual rotation of military personnel in Hong Kong November 25, 2008. [China Daily/Agencies]

Ground forces of Chinese People's Liberation Army stand in their formation at a parade ground during the annual rotation of military personnel in Hong Kong November 25, 2008. [China Daily/Agencies]

A Chinese People's Liberation Army naval troop (L) stands guard during the city's annual rotation of military personnel in Hong Kong, November 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Alex Hofford)

HONG KONG, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison troops in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) conducted on Tuesday its 11th troop rotation since it assumed Hong Kong's defense responsibility on July 1, 1997.

The size of the forces remained unchanged in both personnel and weaponry after the rotation, said Colonel Cheng Dongfang, spokesman for the PLA garrison troops in Hong Kong.

The annual rotation started at 00:00 a.m. Tuesday when a number of military vehicles of the ground troops rolled across the Lok MaChau checkpoint into Hong Kong under the escort of the Hong Kong police.

Six military helicopters landed around 10:00 a.m. at the Skek Kong Barracks in Hong Kong and later, six other helicopters took off and left for their base in the Chinese mainland.

The last part of the rotation was carried out at the Stonecutters Island Naval Base, involving the rotation of a missile frigate and a landing vessel.

The annual rotation was conducted in accordance with the HKSAR Garrison Law of the People's Republic of China.

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