“Hoàng Đế “Tập đến Hồng Kông dự lễ kỷ niệm ngày thu hồi HK từ đế quốc Anh
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Xi Dada in Hong Kong
A photo of Xi Jinping (above) standing confidently surrounded by his aides as he waits for a meeting in Hong Kong has gone viral, with many internet users comparing the scene to that of a crime boss attended by his lackeys.
Xi is in Hong Kong for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the former British colony returning to Chinese rule. Below are some media reports worth your time:
- SCMP: All the president’s men — the key players at Xi Jinping’s side in Hong Kong
- NYT: Once a model city, Hong Kong is in trouble (paywall)
“Caught between…Beijing’s dictates and the demands of local residents…the authorities have allowed problems to fester, including an affordable housing crisis, a troubled education system and a delayed high-speed rail line.” Worth reading side by side with this from Xinhua: Hong Kong and the motherland — reunited forever, thriving together.
- Reuters: Celebration and protest as China president visits Hong Kong and From 1997 to 2017: Hong Kong in pictures
- The Guardian: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by police before Xi visit
In other Xi Jinping news, Xinhua News Agency’s top story (in Chinese) for June 29 is a piece of sycophancy that would make Donald Trump or Mao Zedong happy, if it were directed at them. The article is a paean to Xi, calling him a “pioneer of new concepts” (新理念的倡导者 xīn lǐniàn de chàngdǎozhě) for — among other things — advocating “win-win” cooperation as a way to avoid the Kindleberger trap, being a “shaper of a new image” (新形象的塑造者 xīn xíngxiàng de sùzào zhě) for his Belt and Road Initiative and global diplomacy, and being an “implementer of new plans” (新方案的推行者 xīn fāng’àn de tuīxíng zhě) for his book The Governance of China.