Xi Jinping: Chinese president makes first ever visit to Hong Kong


China : 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. Several well-known activists were arrested on the eve of Mr Xi’s arrival. The group, which included student leader Joshua Wong, had staged a protest at an iconic sculpture symbolising the handover. The golden sculpture of a bauhinia flower – Hong Kong’s emblem – by the city’s harbour was a gift from China.]]>