HONG KONG, July 22 Hong Kong's benchmark index
jumped to its highest in nearly 7-1/2 months on Tuesday, helped
by stronger Chinese markets on the mainland and recent fund
inflows which pushed up the territory's blue-chip stocks.
The Hang Seng Index rose 1.7 percent to 23,782.11
points, its highest since Dec. 9. The China Enterprises Index
of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong
climbed 2.4 percent to close at its highest since Jan. 2.
Gains were seen across the board. Index heavyweights HSBC
Holdings PLC added 1.3 percent and insurer AIA
Tencent Holdings spiked 2.1 percent, partly lifted
by peer Baidu's record high close in New York.
Leading boosts on the H-share index were China's two oil
giants. PetroChina rose 3.2 percent, while China
Petroleum & Chemical Corp put on 3.6 percent.
(Reporting by Grace Li; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)