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Hong Kong financial professionals denounce Chinese "interference"

Published on Apr 22, 2014 9:56 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - A group of Hong Kong financial professionals said on Tuesday it had placed advertisements in major newspapers to press China's leaders to stop what its members decry as interference in the capitalist hub's affairs.

The 70-strong group in the sector, which normally shuns political statements, placed the advertisements in Wednesday's editions of the mass-circulation pro-democracy Apple Daily in Chinese and the Financial Times international daily in English.

They include a direct appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the director of Beijing's liaison office in the city.

The appeal denounces what the group says are China's attempts to abandon the principle of "one country, two systems" under which the former British colony was allowed to maintain its capitalist system and fundamental freedoms of speech and assembly when it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

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