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'Abduction' threatens Hong Kong role as financial haven

Disappearance of billionaire Chinese resident raises fresh fears about rule of law

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An exterior view of Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong where Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua was last seen on Jan. 27.   © Reuters

In early 2016, the abduction of five Hong Kong booksellers by mainland Chinese security agents raised questions about the former British colony's future as a bastion of free speech.

Now, the latest apparent snatching of a Chinese billionaire, Xiao Jianhua, reportedly seized from his luxury harbor front apartment at the start of the Year of the Rooster, has raised doubts about whether Hong Kong can continue as an international financial center.

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