From the city of Shenzhen, the train carrying Mr. Xi, his wife Peng Liyuan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and many officials arrived at the West Kowloon high-speed railway station at noon on June 30.
Students waved flags, flowers, and welcomed the lion dance team as President Xi Jinping began his two-day visit to Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chief Executive Lam Trinh Nguyet Nga (Carrie Lam) and her husband were present at the platform to welcome Mr. Xi Jinping.
According to the sheet South China Morning PostThis is the first time he has left mainland China since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong by speedboat. Photo: CCTV
President Xi Jinping visits officials after arriving in Hong Kong on June 30. Photo: CCTV
Speaking in Hong Kong, Mr. Xi Jinping said the city had been “reborn in fire”. He said: “Over the years, Hong Kong has experienced many challenges in turn. After the storms, Hong Kong has been reborn in the fire and risen with strong vitality. The facts have proven that a country, two modes have brought great vitality”.
Information about Mr. Xi Jinping’s journey to Hong Kong is largely kept under wraps. Earlier, Hong Kong government sources said that police set up checkpoints 10-20 meters apart along the station in West Kowloon to ensure security for the visit of the Chinese President.
No-fly zones will be established above the terminal. From June 28, Hong Kong police issued a temporary ban on drones across the city, announcing a ban on many roads for security reasons.
Hong Kong weather on June 30 is quite wet. Photo: SCMP
Police set up checkpoints 10-20 m apart along the station in West Kowloon Photo: SCMP
Many high-ranking figures, including tycoons, businessmen, university presidents, were present at the Exhibition Convention Center 2 hours before the photo session with Mr. Xi Jinping.
Before that, 3,000 people in Hong Kong were quarantined before welcoming Mr. Xi Jinping. These people have to limit their social contact, get PCR tested daily, and stay at a quarantine hotel a few days before the visit.
A source close to the matter said that Xi Jinping will not stay overnight and return to Shenzhen by high-speed train on the evening of June 30, after attending a party hosted by Carrie Lam. However, the party may be canceled at the last minute due to concerns about the Covid-19 situation.
He will also meet officials from both the current and incoming Hong Kong administrations.
Xi Jinping is expected to return to Hong Kong by speedboat on the morning of July 1, presiding over the city’s handover ceremony and the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief executive, John Lee Ka-chiu. ). After the ceremony, he will leave Hong Kong.
Xi Jinping’s last visit to Hong Kong was in 2017, when he attended the 20th anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to mainland China and attended the swearing-in ceremony of Carrie Lam.