HSBC walks tricky political tightrope between Hong Kong and Beijing

HSBC became the target of the public's ire in Hong Kong after it closed a protest-linked account.
HSBC became the target of the public's ire in Hong Kong after it closed a protest-linked account.PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - The two bronze lion statues standing guard over HSBC Holdings' main offices in Hong Kong still bear the marks of an attack by protesters, who last week daubed them with red and black paint, setting at least one ablaze. Graffiti declared that HSBC had been dyed the red of China.

HSBC has vowed to restore the iconic lions to their former glory. But the Asia-focused lender may not find it so easy to disentangle itself from deepening tensions in its biggest market at a time when its new leadership must also repair a relationship with Beijing that's been weakened by the Huawei Technologies probe.

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