Chinese leader Xi visits HK for 20th anniversary of handover

HONG KONG • President Xi Jinping is making his first visit to Hong Kong as China's top leader, as the former British colony marks the 20th anniversary of its handover to China tomorrow.

Speaking on the tarmac soon after landing in the city yesterday, Mr Xi said he felt very happy, and added that Hong Kong always had a place in his heart.

Security in the city had been tightened, with thousands of policemen deployed, ahead of his arrival.

Many Hong Kongers are unhappy with what they see as Beijing's tightening grip on their freedoms.

Mr Xi's three-day stay will see him swear in Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam, who takes over from outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying tomorrow.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2017, with the headline 'Chinese leader Xi visits HK for 20th anniversary of handover'. Print Edition | Subscribe