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Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols of pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took the streets in Hong Kong's financial central district in this October 28, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols of pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took the streets in Hong Kong's financial central district in this October 28, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols of pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took the streets in Hong Kong's financial central district in this October 28, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files
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The skyline of Hong Kong is seen through a fence at the Peak in Hong Kong in this September 10, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

The skyline of Hong Kong is seen through a fence at the Peak in Hong Kong in this September 10, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

The skyline of Hong Kong is seen through a fence at the Peak in Hong Kong in this September 10, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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Chinese President Xi Jinping poses for pictures with former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and other Hong Kong businessmen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Li Xueren/Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping poses for pictures with former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and other Hong Kong businessmen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Li Xueren/Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping poses for pictures with former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and other Hong Kong businessmen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Li Xueren/Xinhua
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Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing attends a news conference announcing the annual results of his company Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, in Hong Kong in this March 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing attends a news conference announcing the annual results of his company Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, in Hong Kong in this March 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing attends a news conference announcing the annual results of his company Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, in Hong Kong in this March 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files
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Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok attends a meeting in Fuzhou, Fujian province, in this April, 18, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok attends a meeting in Fuzhou, Fujian province, in this April, 18, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok attends a meeting in Fuzhou, Fujian province, in this April, 18, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/China Daily/Files
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (back) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, inside the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake, in Beijing, in this November 11, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung Hoon/Files

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (back) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, inside the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake, in Beijing, in this...more

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (back) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, inside the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake, in Beijing, in this November 11, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung Hoon/Files
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