South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Roadblocks, heightened security as Chinese president visits Hong Kong for 25th handover anniversary” – below is their description.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Hong Kong on June 30 and July 1, 2022, for official celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule, and to attend the inauguration ceremony of the city’s new leader, John Lee Ka-chiu. While slogans and banners were visible everywhere, the city was generally quiet amid heavy police presence and road blocks of major streets, which were largely empty as the No 3 typhoon signal was in effect for most of the day. Xi’s visit was his first trip outside mainland China since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
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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”.