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Cathay Pacific CEO resigns amid Chinese pressure on carrier

State companies boycott airline over staff involvement in Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG -- Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Executive Rupert Hogg abruptly resigned on Friday amid a campaign against the airline by Chinese regulators, state companies and media.

Cathay, a unit of Swire Pacific -- which, in turn, is controlled by Britain's Swire family -- has been in Chinese crosshairs for its initial hesitancy to act against staff involvement in the continuing anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.

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