Secret movements, prohibited protests: Xi Jinping celebrates the “new return” of Hong Kong

Xi Jinping exited mainland China for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic – and did so to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. Secret all the details of his visit to the city

There is a condensation of Chinese thinking about how it should work from now on Hong Kong in the device established today around Xi Jinpingarrived on the island for celebrate the 25th anniversary of its return to China.

The protagonists of the event are the police, secrecy, zero tolerance for the coronavirus and preventive censorship in the press.

In 2017, when he last visited the former colony which became a special administration territory on 1 July 1997, Xi had said that challenging the Chinese government was absolutely inadmissible. He kept his word, because the One Country Two Systems model that guaranteed Hong Kong freedoms never seen before in China has been severely downsized.

The Communist General Secretary’s trip to Hong Kong five years later a kind of victory lapa demonstration that everything is under the control of Beijing and the Party-State.

Xi celebrates Hong Kong’s second return to China. At Kowloon station, where he arrived by bullet train, Xi held a short speech, three minutes to say: After the wind and rain Hong Kong reborn from its ashes, vibrant again. I came five years ago, during these five springs and autumns I have always paid great attention to Hong Kong, I thought a lot. My heart and that of the Party Central Committee have always been with you, compatriots of Hong Kong. Everything proves that “A two systems country has great vitality and ensures prosperity and stability”.

It was the City police who confirmed yesterday the arrival of the head of state, after in recent days Beijing had only said that Xi would attend the ceremonies in Hong Kong the new chief executive John Lee).

The doubt that Xi could only be present virtually, by videoconference, was therefore resolved by the police, who had to explain why today and tomorrow the traffic will be paralyzed for the closure of roads, bridges, underpasses, subway stops in Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai: all stopped and manned on the path of the presidential procession.

With this mission, the Chinese leader interrupts the self-isolation observed during the pandemic: no travel outside mainland China for 893 days, from January 2020. But the health safety cord around Xi has not been loosened: about three thousand dignitaries, officials, even Hong Kong schoolchildren admitted to his presence were placed in preventive quarantine in the hotel for several days, as well as subjected to daily swabs.

Obviously any event prohibited. But since June 30, 2020, when the Chinese National Security Law fell on the territory of special administration, no opponent has ventured into the streets with democratic banners.

The leaders of the 2019 protest are in jail, in exile or on trial under probation and parole.

Secrets to the last detail on the presence of Xi in the city. You should use the fast train to arrive with your wife Peng Liyuan and attend a banquet tonight; then he should take it back to Shenzhen tonight, rest in mainland territory and return to Hong Kong tomorrow morning for the July 1st party and the inauguration of the new chief executive, the governor elected by a commission of 1,500 notable sages of proven patriotism, as required by the new law.

Illuminating detail: the new chief executive, John Lee, spent 40 of his 64 years in the police force, a super security expert. In order not to be mistaken, about ten reporters from international news agencies and local newspapers were denied access to the ceremonial venues. Without explanation, just to remember that even the freedom of the press is not part of Hong Kong’s future.

Here is the meaning of Xi Jinping’s mission, 25 years after the return of Hong Kong by the British colonialists: to demonstrate that the normalized city.

June 30, 2022 (change June 30, 2022 | 10:58)

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Secret movements, prohibited protests: Xi Jinping celebrates the “new return” of Hong Kong


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