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Heavy security at West Kowloon Station as Xi to return to Shenzhen

Heavy security at West Kowloon Station as Xi to return to Shenzhen

Heavy police presence could be spotted at West Kowloon station again as President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were expected to take the high-speed rail to return to Shenzhen.
Both Xi and Peng attended a closed-door banquet hosted by the outgoing leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her husband Lam Siu-por. Incoming Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu and his wife Janet Lam Lai-sim also joined the dinner.

Escorted by the motorcade, the president and the first lady arrived at Lam's official residence around 7.45pm on Thursday.

In the evening, a great number of armed officers and anti-terrorism cops patrolled outside the West Kowloon station. They also conducted stringent security screening and registered reporters' personal information before granting media into the designated press area.

Police dogs were mobilized to the scene as well to check if anyone was carrying dangerous articles.

Xi and Peng are likely to spend Thursday night in the Chinese city of Shenzhen -- 15 minutes away from Hong Kong by high-speed train -- and return to the city on Friday morning to attend the July 1 events.

On Friday, Xi will attend a ceremony marking Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997 and officiate an inauguration ceremony for the new government led by incoming leader Lee.

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