Chinese President Begins Two-Day Visit to Hong Kong | News


Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday for a two-day visit to participate in activities for the 25th anniversary of the territory’s return to that nation.


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According to press reports, after arriving at the West Kowloon high-speed train station, the head of state said he was very happy to return to that special administrative region (Raehk) and conveyed congratulations to the compatriots who live there.

Xi will also attend the inaugural ceremony for the sixth term of the city government, which will be headed by John Lee, selected in early June. The ceremony is scheduled for this Friday.

Xi visited Hong Kong in 2017, when the previous government, led by Carrie Lam, began its mandate.

In other statements after arriving at the Raehk, the Chinese President underlined the meaning of the “One country, two systems” principle, which governs Hong Kong, to guarantee its stability and prosperity.

He said that “as long as we stick to (the formula) One country, two systems, the future of Hong Kong will be better and better.”

After more than a century and a half under British rule (from August 29, 1842), the region abandoned its colonial status and rejoined China as a special administrative region on July 1, 1997.

It is one of the most dynamic cities in the world in the financial and commercial sphere, although protests that took place there in 2019, and in which the Chinese government denounced foreign interference, slowed down its economic growth.

Special administrative region status also applies to Macau, which left behind its colonial status as Portugal on December 20, 1999, after Lisbon had occupied it since 1556.

Press reports highlight that both zones have autonomy to make decisions in accordance with the Basic Law, as their respective constitutions are called.

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