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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews People's Liberation Army Hong Kong troops in Hong Kong on June 30. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

Local Chinese troops greet Xi with their largest-ever ceremony in Hong Kong

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KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei deputy editor | Hong Kong, Macau

HONG KONG -- Since the day of pouring rain 20 years ago, when the first 509 Chinese soldiers crossed the Shenzhen River separating Hong Kong and the mainland to take back control of the territory from the British, the People's Liberation Army has been operating from about a dozen bases there.

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