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As Chinese leader Xi Jinping left Hong Kong Friday after a rare visit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain, reactions to his speech ranged from deeming it “reassuring” to terming his stance “delusional.”

The Chinese Communist Party places great importance on anniversaries, and the trip presented Xi with an opportunity to emphasize China’s authority over Hong Kong after three years of political upheaval there.

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