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Hong Kong gears up for 25th handover anniversary

A woman takes pictures of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorating a street, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30, 2022. 
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A woman takes pictures of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorating a street, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Joyce Zhou

A woman takes pictures of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorating a street, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Joyce Zhou
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Police officers inspect journalists' bags at a media position outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30.  REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Police officers inspect journalists' bags at a media position outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Police officers inspect journalists' bags at a media position outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
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China's President Xi Jinping speaks upon his arrival via high-speed rail, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30.  Selim Chtayti/Pool via REUTERS

China's President Xi Jinping speaks upon his arrival via high-speed rail, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. Selim Chtayti/Pool via REUTERS

China's President Xi Jinping speaks upon his arrival via high-speed rail, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. Selim Chtayti/Pool via REUTERS
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Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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A plaque is seen amid the roots of a banyan tree at the King George V Memorial Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 15.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A plaque is seen amid the roots of a banyan tree at the King George V Memorial Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 15. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A plaque is seen amid the roots of a banyan tree at the King George V Memorial Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 15. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate Victoria Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate Victoria Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate Victoria Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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People stand in front of a painting depicting visitors on Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during its visit to Hong Kong, at an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30.  REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

People stand in front of a painting depicting visitors on Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during its visit to Hong Kong, at an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China, at the National Museum in...more

People stand in front of a painting depicting visitors on Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during its visit to Hong Kong, at an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
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A woman holding an umbrella walks in the rain past a giant screen showing news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering his speech upon his arrival in Hong Kong, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30.  REUTERS/Paul Yeung

A woman holding an umbrella walks in the rain past a giant screen showing news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering his speech upon his arrival in Hong Kong, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese...more

A woman holding an umbrella walks in the rain past a giant screen showing news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering his speech upon his arrival in Hong Kong, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
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A passenger rides on a bus travelling past a Chinese flag in the rain, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30.  REUTERS/Paul Yeung

A passenger rides on a bus travelling past a Chinese flag in the rain, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

A passenger rides on a bus travelling past a Chinese flag in the rain, before the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
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Police officers keep watch outside the Xiqu Centre, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30.  REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Police officers keep watch outside the Xiqu Centre, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Police officers keep watch outside the Xiqu Centre, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
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People dressed in traditional costumes from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region perform during a celebration event for the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

People dressed in traditional costumes from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region perform during a celebration event for the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik

People dressed in traditional costumes from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region perform during a celebration event for the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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Journalists work in the rain at a media position outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives to attend events marking the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30.  REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Journalists work in the rain at a media position outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives to attend events marking the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in...more

Journalists work in the rain at a media position outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives to attend events marking the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
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People visit an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30.  REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

People visit an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

People visit an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
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Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a street outside a shopping mall, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 16.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a street outside a shopping mall, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 16. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a street outside a shopping mall, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 16. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People visit an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30.  REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

People visit an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

People visit an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, at the National Museum in Beijing, China June 30. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
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Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate Victoria Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate Victoria Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate Victoria Park, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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People walk past a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 27.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

People walk past a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 27. REUTERS/Lam Yik

People walk past a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 27. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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A billboard displays a government advertisement to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 20.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A billboard displays a government advertisement to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 20. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A billboard displays a government advertisement to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 20. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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A woman stands next to a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29.  REUTERS/Lam Yik

A woman stands next to a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29. REUTERS/Lam Yik

A woman stands next to a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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A screen shows footage from the 1997 handover ceremony at the Hong Kong Museum of History, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 16.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A screen shows footage from the 1997 handover ceremony at the Hong Kong Museum of History, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 16. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A screen shows footage from the 1997 handover ceremony at the Hong Kong Museum of History, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 16. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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A woman wipes a door as rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. 
 REUTERS/Lam Yik

A woman wipes a door as rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik

A woman wipes a door as rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags decorate a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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A traditional wooden tourist junk boat "Aqua Luna" sails in the waters of Victoria Harbour, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 17. 
 REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A traditional wooden tourist junk boat "Aqua Luna" sails in the waters of Victoria Harbour, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 17. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A traditional wooden tourist junk boat "Aqua Luna" sails in the waters of Victoria Harbour, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 17. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Primary school students practice for a flag-raising ceremony, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 14, 2022. Picture taken June 14. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Primary school students practice for a flag-raising ceremony, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 14, 2022. Picture taken June 14. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Primary school students practice for a flag-raising ceremony, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 14, 2022. Picture taken June 14. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People have lunch next to a dim sum cart at a Cantonese tea house, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 12.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

People have lunch next to a dim sum cart at a Cantonese tea house, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 12. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

People have lunch next to a dim sum cart at a Cantonese tea house, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 12. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People take pictures in front of the rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags at a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. 
 REUTERS/Lam Yik

People take pictures in front of the rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags at a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik

People take pictures in front of the rows of Chinese and Hong Kong flags at a residential building, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 26. REUTERS/Lam Yik
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A view shows the closed Victoria Park, where candlelight vigils used to be held on the anniversaries of the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 4.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A view shows the closed Victoria Park, where candlelight vigils used to be held on the anniversaries of the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from...more

A view shows the closed Victoria Park, where candlelight vigils used to be held on the anniversaries of the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 4. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Police officers walk by barriers outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. 
 REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Police officers walk by barriers outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Police officers walk by barriers outside the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
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