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By John Ruwitch and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - A top Chinese envoy warned that drawn-out pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could tarnish the city's reputation as one of the world's leading financial hubs, as defiant protesters vowed on Thursday they would not budge. Both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged stand-off, although the number of protesters blocking the streets in the financial and administrative districts for the past six days tapered off on Thursday. ...
HONG KONG (AP) — Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China.
HONG KONG (AP) — China's ruling party mouthpiece warned of "chaos" in Hong Kong, and expressed strong support for its leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday.