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Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of handover

China president plans first trip outside mainland since COVID began

Chinese President Xi Jinping commemorates the Beijing Winter Games at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on April 8.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary of the city's handover to mainland China, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

The trip will be Xi's first known visit outside mainland China since January 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak. He will also attend the inaugural ceremony of the sixth-term government of Hong Kong, Xinhua added.

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