Six of the nine armoured troop carriers belonging to Singapore, from a shipment detained at a container terminal, are seen in Hong Kong, China November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Beijing was verifying reports that Hong Kong customs had seized nine Singapore troop carriers and other equipment in 12 containers being shipped from Taiwan after military exercises.
Singapore’s defence ministry said on Thursday it was trying to free the carriers “expeditiously”, while Hong Kong customs said on Friday that its officers were still investigating the shipment.
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs referred questions to the defence ministry. The defence ministry did not comment beyond its official statement.
“The entry and exit of foreign personnel and goods in the Hong Kong special administrative region should respect its relevant laws,” Geng said.
“I wish to reiterate that the Chinese government consistently and resolutely opposes any form of official exchanges, including military exchanges and cooperation, between countries with which we have diplomatic relations and the Taiwan region.”
The seizure comes amid mounting regional uncertainty and signs of rising tension between …