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Hong Kong protests

Li Ka-shing takes ambiguous role in Hong Kong's political divide

Tycoon seeks to ease social grievances with cash handouts to local businesses

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing is walking a fine political line.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- When Hong Kong's richest man called on authorities to show leniency toward young protesters, the Communist Party of China accused him of "harboring criminality."

But that does not mean protesters have embraced Li Ka-shing.

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