The PLA maintains a garrison in Hong Kong, but its activities are largely low-profile. Under the global financial hub’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, defense and foreign affairs are managed by Communist Party leaders in Beijing.
CCTV also quoted Peng as saying that he would in his new appointment work with all members of the garrison to follow the command of the ruling Communist Party and Xi, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and security interests.
Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise that wide-ranging individual rights would be protected.
Hong Kong and Chinese authorities deny curbing freedoms and say the law was necessary to restore order after prolonged unrest.
China appoints former paramilitary chief as new Hong Kong garrison commander