Chinese president arrives Wednesday and meets with current head of government

Chinese President Xi Jinping claps at the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at

Chinese President Xi Jinping claps at the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 15, 2019. REUTERS / Thomas Peter

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Xi Jinping arrives Wednesday to preside to the 20th anniversary ceremonies and to vest the new government. He will have a meeting with the current Macanese Executive Chief

The authorities of Macao, who partly announced today the program of Xi Jinping's visit, indicated that on Wednesday, the secretary general of the Communist Party of China is meeting with the current Chief of the Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Fernando Chui Sai On.

On Thursday he receives the main representatives of the Government and individuals from various sectors of society. On the same day, at night, he will attend the banquet offered by the Government of Macao and the Cultural Day, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the transfer of the territory's administration to China.

On Friday morning, the President will attend the Macao SAR Government's 20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony and the inauguration of the 5th Government of Macao, which will be led by former Legislative Assembly President Ho Iat Seng. Subsequently, in the official program there are meetings with the new officials of the Executive, the legislature and the judiciary, leaving Macao that same day.

In a statement, the authorities also indicated that the Government is organizing the solemn ceremony of raising the flags, on Friday morning, at around 8 am, which will be followed by a reception at the Macau Tower.

In addition to a soirée promoted by the Sports Institute, at 2pm, at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium, the fireworks show scheduled for 9pm, in the sea area between the Tower of Macau and the financial district of Hengqin Island. "The firework will have a total of 160,000 releases over 30 minutes," officials said.

The Chinese President's third visit to Macao, where over 650 media professionals will be present, is being marked by exceptional security measures.

Shipping to and from Hong Kong has been reduced. And since Tuesday, Chinese authorities have been carrying out security checks on vehicles operating on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge on an artificial island. Several arrests have followed those inspections.

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