The head office of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison will use the new name next year, said Feng Wei, spokesman for the PLA garrison Sunday.
Starting from January 1, 2002, the new sign of the "Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building" will be put on the PLA head office in Hong Kong, and the new name of the barracks will be "Central Barracks."
The renaming of the PLA head office and barracks is made in accordance with the Basic Law and the practical situation after Hong Kong's return to China and on the basis of extensive consultation, said Feng.
In May 2000, the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passed the Military Installations Closed Areas (Amendment) Order 2000, which renamed the former Prince of Wales Barracks to Central Barracks, and the Prince of Wales Building to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building, abbreviated as PLA Forces Hong Kong Building.
The Prince of Wales Barracks, former head office of the British army stationed in Hong Kong, was made the head office of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison after Hong Kong's return to China.