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Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:39AM
Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) delivers a speech upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, south China, June 29, 2012.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) delivers a speech upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, south China, June 29, 2012.

In the coming two days, I hope to be able to walk more, see more and personally feel the development of Hong Kong, understand the life and expectations of the Hong Kong people." President Hu of China
Chinese President Hu Jintao has made a visit to Hong Kong to mark the 15th anniversary of the territory's handover from Britain to Beijing. Hu Jintao arrived in Hong Kong on Friday to attend the celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland. Hong Kong was returned to China on 30 June 1997 after more than 150 years under the British colony. Hu, on his three-day visit, was greeted at Hong Kong's airport by a group of high-ranking officials led by Donald Tsang, the outgoing chief executive, as well as flag-waving schoolchildren. The Chinese leader said Hong Kong had achieved "significant" development since the handover on July 1, 1997. He said the central government is willing to work with the Hong Kong people from all walks of life to draw up the "precious experiences" in carrying out the "one country, two systems" policy over the past 15 years for further development. "In the coming two days, I hope to be able to walk more, see more and personally feel the development of Hong Kong, understand the life and expectations of the Hong Kong people," Hu said. Although Hong Kong is part of China, it has its own government and financial system, and is an important financial and trade centre. MSH/GHN