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Hong Kong school advisory sparks rumors of possible Xi Jinping visit in July

July 1 will mark the completion of 25 years since the British handed over control of Hong Kong to China as well as the first day for John Lee as the city’s new chief executive. It’s a custom for top Chinese leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremonies for all Hong Kong business leaders and it looks like Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in attendance for this year’s event. Jinping hasn’t left China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but just weeks before Lee’s swearing-in ceremony, a specific incident sparked rumors about his possible trip to Hong Kong.

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Parents of students at Wong Cho Bao School – an institution controlled by the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (HKFEW) – have asked its students to undergo seven days of hotel quarantine ahead of an unnamed event where they will host a number of dignitaries.

According to AFP, the school will pay for all accommodation and according to a notice from school principal Wong Kam-leung, they will also not meet their parents.

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The AFP report further said that the event is described in the notice as a “rare honorable mission” and that the hotel quarantine for students will take place between June 23 and June 30.

Meanwhile, ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Hong Kong authorities have planned a “closed-loop system” that will be used to isolate around 1,000 people, including the city’s current leader, Carrie Lam. The South China Morning Post also reported that top Chinese leaders will attend.

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