China's national defense ministry has announced the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission has arrived in Hong Kong." The 1,000 feet long Liaoning, is a second-hand Soviet ship that was built nearly 30 years ago and commissioned in 2012.
The single aircraft carrier arrived in Hong Kong for the first time at approximately 7:30 a.m. local time, Friday less than a week after a high-profile visit by China's President Xi Jinping. His trip marks the 20 year anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China.
During his visit, President Xi, inspected the troops last Friday at the city's biggest military parade in the past two decades, where helicopters and armored vehicles were also displayed.
Due to reports that Beijing viewed the city as a destabilizing hotbed of unacceptable political dissents. President Xi's three-day visit culminated in a 30-minute speech warning that any challenge to Beijing's control over the city crossed a "red line," and would be seen as a salvo against the new wave of activists calling for self-determination or independence. These concepts would be intolerable to Beijing.
Security for the aircraft carrier's visit is strict as authorities have set up a temporary no-fly zone in the area as the Liaoning will be berthed near the city’s Tsing Ma Suspension Bridge. Foreign media outlets also have not been invited to cover the event. Finally, due to concerns, the PLA would be heavy-handed given the army's crackdown on student protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square during the 1989 student protest they have been ordered to maintain a low profile.
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