China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building a surface-to-air missile defense facility at a Hong Kong base. The facility based in Shek Tong is expected to be completed in December, and will reportedly be able to intercept missiles launched from the US and Taiwan.
According to Apple Daily, the facility will include six HQ-6 surface-to-air mobile missile launchers that can deliver projectiles up to 12,000 meters. It will also include a search radar that can track up to 60 aerial targets as far as 50km away and attack four of them simultaneously.
The SCMP reports that according to Anthony Wong Dong, a Macau-based military observer, the deployment is not political in nature. Instead he suggests that the PLA are merely improving Hong Kong’s defenses given it has long been too weak in its anti-aircraft capabilities. According to Wong, this deployment is long overdue given the fact that in the 1990s the Taiwanese government refused to rule out an attack on Shanghai and Hong Kong in the event of war. A war which the PLA have already been practicing for.
This move, of course, continues the PLA’s central policy of placing defense systems on all the islands, even if they have to build those islands themselves. Soon Hong Kong will be yet another PLA paradise filled with cute soldiers and veggie gardens.
It remains to be seen whether the PLA’s elite force of trained monkeys will be brought into service at the base. However, in the meantime, Hong Kong residents would want to be careful about booing the Chinese national anthem too close to Shek Tong.
By Hasanali Pirbhai
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