President Xi Jinping is visiting the Chinese Special Administrative Region to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. During the July 1 visit, Xi will also attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Hong Kong government, state news agency Xinhua reported. The visit will be Xi’s first trip outside mainland China since the Covid pandemic began. Moreover, Xi will attend the inauguration ceremony of new Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee. Xi had also personally attended Carrie Lam’s swearing-in ceremony in 2017. ari/rtr
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