Visit to Hong Kong by President Xi Jinping on the 25th anniversary of China’s return

After the Covid outbreak in January 2020, this will be President Xi’s first known trip outside of mainland China.

Hong Kong’s 25th anniversary of its handover to China will be marked with a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the official news agency Xinhua.

It will be Xi’s first travel outside of China since the breakout of Covid-19 in January 2020. According to Xinhua, he’ll also be in attendance for the swearing-in of Hong Kong’s new administration for its sixth term.

As of July 1, the city’s next leader will be John Lee; he replaces Carrie Lam, who presided over some of the territory’s biggest turbulence during protests and the Covid scandal.

Xi also presided at Lam’s inauguration in 2017 when he was in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the transfer of power.

Xi’s visit to the former British colony has been more uncertain in recent weeks, with two arriving senior officials among the most recent instances of Covid illness.

To fight the worldwide tendency of attempting to live with the virus, China has implemented draconian Covid rules and travel restrictions, which seek to exterminate all outbreaks at nearly any cost.

Hong Kong’s 25th handover anniversary is crucial to China, which views the city as stabilizing after the large pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019, following the adoption of the national security legislation and election changes that guarantee only “patriots” may serve in the government and lawmaking body, according to critics.

A former top cop turned civil servant, Lee has vowed to uphold the city’s security laws in accordance with the interests of China’s sovereign government.

Hong Kong returned to China on July 1, 1997, ending a 156-year British colonial hegemony over the territory.

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