Hong Kong police are mounting their biggest security operation for a visiting state leader, citing the threat of international terrorism and radical localism in the city.
Starting from next Tuesday, about 6,000 police officers will be deployed each day to protect the chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, with the risk level for Zhang Dejiang raised to the maximum "very high" during the three days he spends here.\
The manpower deployment will be up to three times that arranged for the visits of a sitting premier and president in recent years, when the risk level was considered "high". Not since 2008, when Hong Kong hosted the equestrian competitions of the Beijing Olympics, has there been a security presence of this size throughout the city, a top government source told the Post.
Police are now finalizing the measures for Zhang, who will land at Hong Kong International Airport around noon next Tuesday.
The source cited the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the threat posed by separatists from China's troubled Xinjiang region as risks, adding that there was also potential danger from rising localist sentiment and radical protests.