Newshub18 :President Xi Jinping is visiting the semi-autonomous region of China to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s takeover from the United Kingdom.
Hong Kong was a British colony for 156 years. On July 1, 1997, the United Kingdom handed over Hong Kong to China. July 1 is the 25th handover anniversary.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Hong Kong on the same day, according to a report by China’s state-run Xinhua news agency on Saturday.
Xi Jinping is going to Hong Kong
According to Reuters, Xi Jinping is moving out of mainland China for the first time since the corona outbreak in China in January 2020.Xinhua reports that five governments have been in power in the urban area since China took control of Hong Kong. The inauguration of the new government for the sixth term will take place on July 1 in Hong Kong. Xi Jinping will be present.
On this day, John Lee will take charge of the new Prime Minister of Hong Kong. He replaces current Prime Minister Carrie Lam. While in power, Carrie Lam handled the most volatile situation in Hong Kong. Among these were anti-government protests, as well as the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
Xi Jinping was also present at Carrie Lam’s debut in 2016. The Chinese president was present at the Hong Kong handover anniversary last year.
But for weeks, there has been uncertainty about Sir’s visit to Hong Kong, a former British colony and now China’s special administrative region. Because, at this time, the number of corona cases in Hong Kong was increasing. In addition, two senior officials who are going to take oath in the new government were also attacked by Corona.
Observers say the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover is important for China. Because, after the protests of the pro-democracy activists in 2019, the situation in the city is becoming normal. The protests followed the National Security Act and electoral reforms. With the enactment of these laws, only ‘patriots’ can now be the government and legislators in Chinese.
John Lee, who is set to take over as the next prime minister, previously held the top post in the Hong Kong police. From there the people’s representative has been elected. He has vowed to strictly enforce China’s national security law when he comes to power. He will make every effort to protect Chinese interests in Hong Kong