- Title: Macau gears up for Chinese leader Xiâ€™s visit as Hong Kong seethes
- Date: 18th December 2019
- Summary: PHOTO OF TO WITH HONG KONG MOVIE STAR SIMON YAM
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- Keywords: 20th anniversary China Macau Xi Jinping handover
- Location: MACAU, CHINA
- City: MACAU, CHINA
- Country: Macau
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002BAI3RK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The gambling hub of Macau gears up on Wednesday (December 18) for China's President Xi Jinping's visit to the city and a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of its handover to China.
Xi will kick off his three-day visit to the former Portuguese colony, where he is expected to announce a slew of supportive policies, widely seen as a reward for Macau's stability and loyalty, unlike the former British colony of Hong Kong, which has been rocked by anti-government protests for six months.
Some Macau residents told Reuters they were excited about Xi's visit and expressed their objections towards the recent social unrest in Hong Kong.
Macau returned to Chinese rule on Dec. 20, 1999 with the same "one country, two systems" formula aimed at preserving autonomy under which Hong Kong is governed.
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