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The image of a freewheeling Hong Kong has undergone a disturbing transformation over the past few years, one that government officials are scrambling to fix.   © Illustration by Nakako Shiotsuki
Asia Insight

Hard sell: Hong Kong polishes image tarnished by security law, COVID

Emissaries go abroad to tell 'good story,' win back business and investment

PAK YIU, Nikkei staff writer | Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- With no fanfare, Hong Kong's former leader C.Y. Leung flew to Tokyo in July with an entourage of five prominent executives.

They made the rounds of companies and business federations, including the most powerful lobby Keidanren, to discuss commercial projects and investments, according to sources familiar with their itinerary. Then the group known as the Hong Kong Coalition -- founded by Leung and fellow former city leader Tung Chee-hwa -- jetted to South Korea for similar talks.

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