China’s President Xi to visit Hong Kong for anniversary

by | Jun 28, 2022 | World

Xi will attend several events including the inauguration of Hong Kong’s next leader on Friday, deputy police chief has said.Hong Kong police have confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the city this week for the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.
Xi will attend several official events including the inauguration of Hong Kong’s next leader, former security chief John Lee, on Friday, Assistant Police Commissioner Lui Kam-ho said at a news conference on Tuesday.
The Chinese leader’s visit will be his first trip outside mainland China since the coronavirus pandemic took hold about two and half years ago.
The visit comes as Hong Kong is facing a new spike in infections following what was by far its worst and deadliest COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.
The United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997. The anniversary is highly symbolic for Xi, who wants to be seen as propelling a “national rejuvenation” as he prepares to start an expected third five-year term as head of China’s ruling Communist Party later this year.
Part of that rejuvenation is erasing the legacy of colonialism and what the party regards as unequal treaties that granted territorial concessions to Britain and other foreign nations during the waning years of the Qing Dynasty, which ended in 1911.
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Friday will also mark the halfway point of the so-called “one country, two systems” framework which …

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