President Xi Jinping will attend a meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to his homeland on July 1, according to the Xinhua News Agency on Saturday.
“Xi, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the chairman of the Central Military Commission, will also attend the inauguration of the 6th Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government,” he added.
This trip is the first time he has left mainland China since the pandemic began.
Xi last visited the former British colony in 2017 and cursed Carrie Lam, the city’s leader. Chinese leaders usually travel to the city for major delivery anniversaries.
However, the outbreak of the coronavirus in both mainland China and Hong Kong prompted questions about whether Xi would run the risk of traveling to the city as Beijing continues to commit to a dynamic zero-corona strategy.