Hong Kong protests augur murky outlook for financial hub

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Hong Kong protests augur murky outlook for financial hubIt's still the world's 'freest' economy, one of the biggest global financial centers and a scenic haven for tycoons and tourists, but the waves of protests rocking Hong Kong are exposing strains unlikely to dissipate as communist-ruled Beijing's influence grows. The end of the former British colony's 50-year grace period after China took control in 1997 is years away, and the protests have made only a minor dent in day-to-day business. 'We're still talking about 28 years,' says Grant Strudwick, vice president for Asia for Pinkerton, which provides risk management services.

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