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Hong Kong protests

Beijing hints it can deploy troops in Hong Kong if requested

Defense ministry condemns attack on liaison office by 'radical protesters'

People's Liberation Army soldiers take part in a demonstration at Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong on June 30.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Amid massive protests that have lasted for weeks, the Chinese military has indicated that Beijing has the power to deploy troops in Hong Kong to maintain order if the city government requests help.

The protests, which were triggered by a controversial extradition law, escalated into an attack against Beijing's liaison office in the city.

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