The mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs will visit the city in the second half of the month as preparations for the Tsang administration's next term gather steam. Liao Hui will meet officials in charge of the 10th anniversary of the handover to prepare for a visit by President Hu Jintao . Sources familiar with the arrangements said the president would lead a team of central government representatives to the city for two to three days to mark the anniversary. Beijing has yet to confirm the line-up of leaders who will visit. Mr Hu will also preside over the inauguration of the chief executive and his team of principal officials. During his visit, Mr Liao will also meet incumbent principal officials, whose terms will end at the end of June, to thank them for their support of the government and Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen during his term, one source said. The visit will follow Mr Tsang's trip to Beijing on Sunday and Monday to receive his appointment, following his election on March 25 to a new five-year term starting on July 1. While in the capital, he will meet Mr Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao . The chief executive has listed the naming of his new ministers as a post-election priority. He is expected to brief state leaders on his plan to shake up the portfolios of policy bureaus and the candidates for the ministerial positions during his visit. James Sung Lap-kung, a political scientist at City University, believes Mr Liao may also make use of his visit to meet the candidates for the ministerial posts. 'As the official in charge of Hong Kong affairs, Mr Liao's views definitely carry weight in the appointment of principal officials,' he said. Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, one of the officials in charge of the anniversary celebrations - for which the government has earmarked about HK$90 million - flew to Beijing on Wednesday to finalise arrangements for receiving two giant pandas next month.