FORMER United States President Mr Richard Nixon will visit Hongkong next week after completing a trip to China. Mr Nixon, who reopened Sino-American relations with a historic visit to Beijing in 1972, has backed Governor Mr Chris Patten's democracy proposals. He arrives in Hongkong next Friday after a week-long China trip for what a US Consulate spokeswoman said was a private visit. ''We have been informed that Mr Nixon will be arriving in Hongkong on April 16, and we are assisting with some of the logistics,'' she said. The 80-year-old former president is believed to have booked a suite at the Mandarin Oriental for one night and will leave Hongkong for the US on April 17. Although a political outcast for many years following the Watergate scandal, Mr Nixon has been rehabilitated recently, and was invited last month by US President Mr Bill Clinton to brief him on the political situation in Russia after the Republican returned from a trip to Moscow. Mr Nixon was quoted in December last year as saying he would take a hard line in supporting Mr Patten's reforms. He said the Governor was reflecting the opinions of the people of Hongkong which were also the views of the American people. Hongkong Government spokesman Mr Mike Hanson said Mr Nixon would not be meeting Mr Patten, because the Governor would not have returned from his trip to London. ''His visit is purely private, and he will not be seeing anybody officially from the Hongkong Government,'' he said.