Chinese President Xi visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

China's President Xi Jinping waits to greet Brazil's Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes (not seen), Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not seen), South Africa's Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (not seen) and Indian Minister of External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh (not seen) as he meets with foreign affairs officials from the BRICS countries at the Great Hall of the People's Fujian Room in Beijing on June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Nicolas Asfouri/Pool

Vastavam web:  Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong from June 29 to July 1 to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the Asian financial hub from British colonial rule to the mainland, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.Xi’s visit comes at a time when many Hong Kong residents see China as increasingly interfering in city affairs.Of particular concern were the abduction by mainland agents of some city booksellers who specialized in critical material and Beijing’s efforts in disqualifying two pro-independence lawmakers elected to the city legislature. During Xi’s first visit to Hong Kong as China’s president, he will oversee the swearing in of new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.