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People's Liberation Army visit alarms CUHK students

posted 27 Apr 2015, 15:34 by HKIP News   [ updated 27 Apr 2015, 15:35]

Arrangements have apparently been made for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in Hong Kong to visit the campus of Chinese University of Hong Kong on 8 May 2015.

According to details leaked to media outlets in Hong Kong today, 100 Chinese soldiers from the PLA will spend the day with a specially selected group of undergraduates, all of whom will need to have complete fluency in Mandarin.  Soldiers and students will take part in a range of activities including basketball matches.  The PLA representatives will also have lunch with the Vice-Chancellor, Joseph Sung.

Of particular concern is the fact that students of the university have been kept in the dark about the forthcoming visit.  Stephen Wong, President of the Student Union, said he was not aware of any undergraduate having been invited to spend the day with the visiting soldiers.  Mr Wong also questions the appropriateness of such a visit, especially in light of the present political climate in Hong Kong, and urges those in charge to explain the motives behind the planned visit.