China’s Xi arrives in Hong Kong in his first trip off the mainland since the onset of the pandemic

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured here speaking during the unveiling of the Communist Party’s new Politburo Standing Committee on October 25, 2017 in Beijing, China.
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BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Thursday in the special administrative region of Hong Kong, state media said.

The trip is for the 25th anniversary on Friday of Hong Kong’s handover to China from British colonial rule.

The visit marks Xi’s first travel off mainland China since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

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