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Media buyouts have Taiwan and Hong Kong wary of pro-China spin

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Copies of the South China Morning Post sit on a newsstand in Hong Kong in November.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/HONG KONG Acquisition bids for media assets in Taiwan and Hong Kong are raising fears about Beijing's efforts to control the press in both markets and spin coverage in its favor.

     The suitors are known for their extensive mainland business interests. One of them is U.S. film producer Dan Mintz, often referred to as "Mr. China" in Hollywood. He announced in November his intention to purchase a controlling stake in Taiwanese TV network Eastern Broadcasting Co. from American private equity firm Carlyle Group.

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