Chinese president makes first ever visit to Hong Kong to mark handover anniversary
June 29, Beijing : Xi Jinping has arrived in Hong Kong, his first ever visit as Chinese president, as the territory marks the 20th anniversary of the handover from British rule.
His highly symbolic visit comes amid an increasingly tense political climate. Official celebrations will be taking place, but large demonstrations from rival pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps are also expected. Parts of Hong Kong are under a tight security lockdown .Thousands of police officers are being deployed across the city and along the route Mr Xi's motorcade will take when it enters the city.
Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula which guarantees wide-ranging autonomy and judicial independence not seen in mainland China.Tensions between Hong Kong and China have intensified amid concern and resentment over Beijing's growing interference in the former British colony.
The Oslo Times International News Network