Donald Tsang

Air force to drop in with parachute display to help mark the handover anniversary

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am

Parachute aerobatics by the PLA will be one of the highlights when the 10th anniversary of the handover is celebrated.

The performance will be part of a show by the air force during the celebrations on July 1.

Troops stationed in Hong Kong will stage military shows in Happy Valley.

A 20,000-strong street parade organised by patriotic groups will be held ahead of a march led by the Civil Human Rights Front.

The patriotic parade will feature 10-year-olds walking alongside a large birthday cake to mark the anniversary.

Cheng Yiu-tong, who heads a cross-sector organising committee for reunification celebrations, dismissed claims that the patriotic events were aimed at countering the march for critics of government policies to air their grievances.

'We do it every year. Actually, I had considered inviting the navy to come as well. But then I thought, let's do it one by one,' said Mr Cheng, who heads the Beijing-friendly Federation of Trade Unions and is a member of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's cabinet.

He did not know if state leaders would visit during the celebrations or attend an inauguration ceremony for the new government.

In March, reports quoted sources saying President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao may visit Hong Kong during the handover celebrations.

Jimmy Cheung