China’s Xi to visit Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of handover

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland,in 2017.

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover to mainland China, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

The trip will be Xi’s first known visit outside mainland China since January 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak. He will also attend the inaugural ceremony of the sixth-term government of Hong Kong, Xinhua added.

John Lee will become the city’s new leader on July 1, replacing Carrie Lam, who oversaw some of the territory’s most tumultuous times with anti-government protests and COVID-19.