China’s Xi arrives in Hong Kong ahead of anniversary

by | Jun 30, 2022 | World

President Xi Jinping will take part in ceremony marking 25 years since Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule.Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Hong Kong by high-speed rail ahead of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty from the United Kingdom.
The anniversary is marked each year on July 1 and this year’s activities will include the swearing-in of the city’s new leader, John Lee, as chief executive
The trip is reportedly Xi’s first trip outside mainland China since the COVID-19 pandemic began and his first trip to Hong Kong since 2017. It also comes after huge pro-democracy rallies and protests engulfed the city in 2019.
“In the past period, Hong Kong has experienced more than one serious test, and overcome more than one risk and challenge,” Xi said after his arrival.
“After the storms, Hong Kong has been reborn of fire and emerged with robust vitality.”
Reporting from Hong Kong, Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown said the city was “adorned with banners and flags with a very strong patriotic theme”, with the underlying message effectively being that “China is back in control once more”.
“It’s very powerful symbolism,” he added.
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Whether Xi would attend the upcoming ceremony in person on Friday was debated in Hong Kong media in recent weeks due to a recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases. China and Hong Kong have imposed some of the strictest rules in the world against the disease while the mainland continues to pursue a “dynamic COVID ze …

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