Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover to Beijing

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Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover to Beijing

<p>The Chinese president has arrived in Hong Kong to mark the twentieth anniversary of its handover from Britain to Beijing.</p> <p>Xi Jinping arrived amid a massive security operation across the city ahead of celebrations to mark Saturday’s (July 1) occasion and pro-independence and pro-democracy protests. </p> <p>Britain returned Hong Kong to Beijing rule in 1997 under a formula of “one country, two systems” which guarantees wide-ranging autonomy and judicial independence not seen in mainland China.</p> <p>Many young people have condemned what they see as increasing Beijing influence stifling dissent and civil liberties.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hong Kong is being molded into China’s image two decades after the handover <a href="https://t.co/Let2WC6jzb">https://t.co/Let2WC6jzb</a> <a href="https://t.co/q3ysx66OA5">pic.twitter.com/q3ysx66OA5</a></p>— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/880313038611636224">June 29, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>