Friday, 7 July 2017

China's first operational aircraft carrier Liaoning arrives in Hong Kong

China's first operational aircraft carrier Liaoning has arrived in Hong Kong.

Its first trip outside mainland China is part of the events marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain to China.

Its follows Xi Jinping's visit last week, his first as Chinese president.

During his trip, which was marred by protests, he warned that any challenge to the Beijing central government was "impermissible".

Hong Kong's political climate has grown tense in recent years with increasing calls for self-determination and even independence.
In 2014, Beijing said it would allow direct election of the city's leader, but only from a list of pre-approved candidates. That led to mass protests - known as the umbrella demanding universal suffrage.

Mr Xi's visit to the city came amid tight police security. Following his departure on Saturday, thousands of people marched in an annual event calling from more democracy.

BBC     News.

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