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the Chinese military recently told a Pentagon official it won't interfere in Hong Kong's affairs it seems to be a signal they'll stay in their barracks despite the city's political crisis Reuters exclusively learned of the meeting from people briefed on the discussion they say it was US official David Helvey who spoke with the Chinese commander in charge of Hong Kong based troops healthy met him at the PLA's headquarters in the city on June thirteenth not far from where a day before police violently clashed with protesters , the role of the P. L. A. in Hong Kong's affairs has been a question mark ever since nineteen ninety seven when they arrived within hours of the handover from British rule Reuters Greg to road says news of the meeting offers a window into how Beijing's military talks with the US would confirms what many people believe about the rather low profile PL a presence in Hong Kong that is there is no appetite either in Beijing or Hong Kong for those soldiers to leave the barracks I think there is any knowledge mint on both sides and and this meeting gives a sick the signal , that %HESITATION any sort of them having to leave the barracks to help the police maintain control were even impose some sort of Marshall war is very much a bridge too far since the meeting protests have continued including when activists smashed their way into the city's legislature a source tied to the Chinese military said there was still no plans for the P. LA to get involved and legal scholars say it would take a total breakdown of law in order for them to jump in while people in the knowledge it would be of a very high threshold what worries them is in the in the sort of medium term as these protests continue if the protesters are emboldened and really start some house during a problem across the board %HESITATION %HESITATION influencing political movements across the border sort of crossing she Jing ping score interests and then it could be a slightly different scenario %HESITATION , some people will say also you wonder whether Beijing might try to come up with an interim step and and case of real trouble where they would support the Hong Kong police by perhaps bringing over the people's armed police which is a paramilitary force rather than %HESITATION unleashing the soldiers who are based here foreign envoys estimate the PLA's Hong Kong garrison numbers eight to ten thousand those include troops both around the territory and on the mainland China side of the border the Chinese defense ministry and the garrison did not respond to Reuters requests for comment