Beijing authorities say some Hong Kong residents have been invited to take part in celebrations in the capital on October 1 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with mainland media saying police officers will be among the guests.
At a news conference, Publicity Department director Du Feijin said people from all walks of life have been invited to participate in a parade to be held in Tiananmen Square and Chang'an Avenue, including people from Hong Kong and Macau, and mainland students, deliverymen, and so-called "dancing aunties".
Du said these people all have different stories that reflect China’s development.
The Global Times newspaper reports that around 10 Hong Kong police officers will also take part in the celebrations in Beijing, including some that have been injured while dealing with the ongoing unrest in the SAR.
The paper says a sergeant who aimed a shotgun at people in Kwai Fong during disturbances on July 30 will be among those travelling to the capital for the festivities.
President Xi Jinping is expected to give a speech on the day, with this to be followed by a large-scale military parade where new weapons will be showcased.
In the evening, a variety show and a fireworks display will be held.
The central government will award honorary titles to people who have made great contributions to the country’s development, with former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa among those nominated for the Medal of the Republic.