BBC News published this video item, entitled “China’s President Xi arrives in Hong Kong for handover anniversary – BBC News” – below is their description.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Hong Kong to mark 25 years since the former British colony returned to Beijing’s rule.
Mr Xi was greeted by pupils holding flowers, waving flags and shouting ‘welcome’, although many are critical of China’s control over Hong Kong.
In a brief speech Mr Xi said “one country, two systems” – the governance model agreed for 50 years in the handover – “can ensure the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong”.BBC News YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Hong Kong
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.