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Chinese state media trumpeted President Xi Jinping’s “deep affection” for Hong Kong as speculation builds that he’ll travel to the city for the handover anniversary celebrations on July 1.

Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily published a 2,000-word article Monday entitled “Hong Kong’s Development is Always Close To My Heart,” highlighting Xi’s speeches throughout his decade in power on the city’s progress. The article was republished Tuesday on the front page of Beijing-controlled local newspaper Ta Kung Pao.

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