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Pressure rises for Hong Kong to drop extradition law proposal

Business leaders warn legislation will hurt territory's competitiveness

Proposed legislation in Hong Kong could open the door for mainland authorities to request a suspect's arrest when he or she surfaces in the territory.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Pressure is growing on the Hong Kong government to drop proposed legislation that would allow criminal suspects in the territory to be extradited to mainland China.

Business leaders, lawmakers and foreign chambers of commerce are voicing concerns over the controversial legal change, warning it could damage Hong Kong's reputation as a business hub and prompt overseas companies to leave the city.

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