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The case of the missing billionaire

Where is financier Xiao Jianhua?

By John Keenan  

Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua ©Ling/Ropi Zuma Press/PA Images

If you were going to pick a poster boy for the concerns over the autonomy of Hong Kong, billionaire businessman Xiao Jianhua would not be a leading candidate. But, as Amnesty International researcher William Nee says, “Quite simply, human rights pertains to everybody.” In late January, financier Xiao disappeared from his luxury apartment at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong and has not been seen since.

Shortly after, reports appeared in the international press that Xiao had been abducted by…

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