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Beijing Gives Green Light to Open Border With Hong Kong

© Sputnik / Alexander VilfView of Hong Kong from the seashore.
View of Hong Kong from the seashore. - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.12.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Beijing has given the green light to reopen the border between Hong Kong and mainland China, which has been closed for over three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee on Saturday.
"I can now announce that the much-awaited reopening of the border with the mainland can now be achieved," Lee was quoted by local media as saying, adding that the Chinese authorities had given the green light to the measure.
The chief executive expressed hope that a proposal to reopen the border would be finalized by mid-January.
A health worker checks the temperatures of visitor at the entrance of a Community Testing Centre in Hong Kong, China. After days of rapidly increase of positive COVID-19 cases, the Hong Kong government set up testing facility centers where people can be tested for COVID-19 and obtain the result within 24 hours. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.12.2022
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The border has been closed for more than three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the Hong Kong leader is keen on reviving economic ties with the mainland. Preparations are reportedly being made to restart train services between the city and Guangzhou in southern China from January.
On Wednesday, John Lee went to mainland China on his first four-day trip since taking office. During the trip, Lee met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as other representatives of China's top leadership, to present a report on the administration's work over the past six months and opening of the border.
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