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Hong Kong citizen Li Ka-shing offered some cryptic advice without saying who the advice was for, though he also appeared to be comparing President Xi Jinping to a tyrannical empress who maneuvered her sons to early deaths. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images, Reuters, AP photos)
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Hong Kong, Macao

TOKYO -- The biggest surprise of the massive demonstrations held in Hong Kong on Sunday was the lack of violent clashes between demonstrators and police.

Braving rain, protesters marched peacefully through the city's main streets, carrying umbrellas of various colors.

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