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China’s Xi Jinping Keeps Hong Kong Guessing on In-Person Visit

  • State media’s announcement was vague enough to cast doubt
  • Hong Kong virus cases rise, defying Xi’s Covid Zero policy
A screen showing a video featuring Xi Jinping at an exhibition in Hong Kong on June 22.
A screen showing a video featuring Xi Jinping at an exhibition in Hong Kong on June 22.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Days before Hong Kong’s landmark July 1 celebrations, President Xi Jinping is still keeping the city guessing over his in-person attendance, as the former British colony clocks some 2,000 daily Covid cases.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday that Xi will “attend” both a meeting celebrating the city’s 25th anniversary of Chinese rule and the swearing-in ceremony of incoming Chief Executive John Lee and his government, without providing details.