15 Aug '11, 10pm

China's premier-in-waiting to visit Hong Kong

China's premier-in-waiting to visit Hong Kong

HONG KONG: China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang is to visit Hong Kong on Tuesday as he looks to repair strained ties and showcase himself ahead of a key leadership reshuffle in Beijing next year. Li, the expected successor to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as head of the country's government, is to arrive in the semi-autonomous territory for a three-day visit with plans to speak about economic ties with Hong Kong. The visit is also aimed at boosting Li's profile as Wen's term draws to its close in 2013, giving him "a precious opportunity to demonstrate his worth", according to Willy Lam, professor of history at Chinese University of Hong Kong. "(The trip) tells us about the political jockeying going on in Beijing ahead of next year's once-in-a-decade leadership change," Lam told AFP. Only the most senior Chinese politicians make official visits to Hong Kong - a former British colon...

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