PRESIDENT XI TO ARRIVE ON DECEMBER 18, GOV’T SOURCES SAY

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Macau between December 18 and 20, sources familiar with the matter have revealed to the Times, notwithstanding the unrest in the neighboring special administration region which cast doubt on whether the pre-planned and widely-anticipated visit would go ahead.

According to the sources, which requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media, President Xi will join the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the handover of Macau to Chinese sovereignty.
The Times has also learned from a source close to the government in Lisbon that Prime Minister António Costa – recently elected for a second term in office – may also come to Macau to attend the ceremony. However, the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong has said that there is yet no record of a formal invitation being issued.

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