The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison visited a kindergarten in Aberdeen for a “Caring for Young Children” activity on Tuesday, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

According to Xinhua, students lined up at the entrance and beat drums to welcome members of the Chinese army.

A flag-raising ceremony was held and students made Christmas presents with the soldiers. On December 22, the report said, the soldiers and children plan to visit nursing homes together.

Video showing the People’s Liberation Army making Christmas presents with students. Photo: RTHK screengrab.

In a video released by the Information Services Department to Radio Television Hong Kong, a PLA representative said the Army hoped to contribute more to the prosperity, stability, and well-being of Hong Kong society.

“Loving Hong Kong and its people is the unchangeable mission of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison,” he said.

The chairman of the St Monica’s Anglo-Chinese kindergarten (Wah Kwai Estate) Council is Joseph Chan Yuet-sut, former Southern District Council chair, and the current principal is Ada Mak Tse How-ling of the pro-Beijing DAB party.

Mak defeated her pan-democratic rival Yeung Siu-pik to secure a narrow victory in last month’s district council elections.

Ada Mak Tse How-ling (second from the left). File photo: Apple Daily.

In 2009, PLA Hong Kong Garrison invited elderly people and children to visit the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks and Hong Kong Disneyland to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

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Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.