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China's capture of Hong Kong's elite has failed to win popular favor

Western business and political leaders now reject Beijing's enticements

| Hong Kong, Macao

In early August, amid clashes between protesters and police, Beijing abruptly summoned Hong Kong's tycoons and pro-China politicians to a meeting in Shenzhen, just across the border.

Once there, the Chinese officials responsible for Hong Kong demanded the 500-strong delegation "stand up" to protesters and organize counterdemonstrations, to show the city's "positive energy."

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