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Hong Kong politicos show loyalty to China even as city in turmoil

Delegates to National People's Congress met Xi and discussed poverty

When the bill to introduce a national security law in Hong Kong was announced at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in late May, the city's contingent applauded along with the rest of the delegates to the National People's Congress. The legislation has triggered fresh protests in the semi-autonomous city. (Source photo by Reuters and Xinhua/AP)

In the last week of May, the Hong Kong delegation to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee and the National People's Congress, the country's annual gatherings of its political elite, made its way to Beijing by bus across the border. They then boarded chartered Air China flights to the capital, where they were assigned hotels by a somewhat arbitrary process, after elaborate tests and waivers of the normal quarantine rules, according to delegates Nikkei Asian Review spoke to.

Attendees were a who's who, both of China's senior political figures but also its entrepreneur rock stars, such as Robin Li of Baidu and William Ding of NetEase, whose gaming company is in the midst of a secondary listing in Hong Kong. The combined wealth of the 2,000 delegates easily amounted to tens of billions of dollars.

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