China: Xi Visits Hong Kong for 25th Anniversary of Handover

Photo: AFP/Getty Images [via The Guardian]

The Facts

  • Pres. Xi Jinping left mainland China on Thurs. - the first time since the COVID outbreak - to visit Hong Kong for the inauguration of its new leader, John Lee, and to attend celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Chinese rule.

  • The two-day visit - allegedly aimed at reaffirming China's authority over the island - includes an additional 30K police, blocked roads and no-fly zones.


The Spin

Anti-China narrative

Though Beijing vowed to keep its hands out of Hong Kong affairs, those promises have been severely broken over the past years. From cracking down on protests to stifling the press, the CCP is bringing the full force of its authoritarian regime down on the island.

Pro-China narrative

The National Security Law doesn't violate the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which never referenced national security. The 'one nation, two systems' promise is still being upheld and Hong Kong is much freer than it's made out to be.


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