The Chinese President will visit Hong Kong on June 29th to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Chinese sovereignty. This will be Xi Jinping first official visit to Hong Kong.
The visit is expected to be met with massive protests by pro-democracy activists, who have criticized the rising influence of Beijing on Hong Kong’s affairs.
Security is going to be on high alert for Xi’s visit, with more than a third of the city’s 29,000-strong police force expected to be deployed around the clock. This will be Hong Kong’s largest police operation since the handover in 1997.
During his time in the city, Xi will inspect People’s Liberation Army troops at their garrison, visit a Chinese-Hong Kong construction project, and swear in Carrie Lam as the next Hong Kong Chief Executive.
He will also attend a major gala celebration to mark 20 years since China assumed control over the city.
Thousands of Hong Kongers are expected to take to the streets during Xi’s visit, particularly on July 1, the date of handover celebrations and a traditional day of protest in the city.
The Police are in a state of high alert to ensure no untoward incident happens during the time of the President’s visit.