|Xi Jinping, lauds Hong Kong's ability to overcome "serious challenges"|
Arriving on the high-speed train from Shenzhen, he returned to Hong Kong for the first time since 2017, accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan. After days in maximum secrecy and being masked, Chinese President Xi Jinping has finally arrived in the former British colony on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the city's "return" to China. For several hours, Hong Kong has been placed under the highest level of vigilance and control. Xi Jinping's visit is also his first outside mainland China since the outbreak of Covid-19. His last overseas mission was in Burma and began in January 2020.
Upon arrival the presidential couple were greeted by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, accompanied by her husband, Lam Siu-por, and the head of the Chinese government liaison office in Hong Kong, Luo Huining. The CCTV broadcaster spoke of a "warm welcome". Xi Jinping, in his speech, praised Hong Kong's ability to overcome "serious challenges" in recent years, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to the 2019 pro-democracy protests and pressured by Beijing by the imposition of legislation. national security.
"The last time I was in Hong Kong was five years ago," Xi said in a brief speech after arriving at West Kowloon station. "My heart and the central government's are with my compatriots in Hong Kong," he added. "In recent years, Hong Kong has gone through several serious challenges one after another and has overcome them."
"Facts have shown that the two-system state model has shown great vitality", continued the Chinese president: "In the past two years there has been some turbulence, but the model has been given new life and that is what can ensure long-term prosperity and stability."