Date
18 November 2017
Lee Shau-kee (inset, left) and Li Ka-shing (right) say they have made their position clear about the protest movement, contrary to claims in a Xinhua article. Photos: Xinhua, HKEJ
Lee Shau-kee (inset, left) and Li Ka-shing (right) say they have made their position clear about the protest movement, contrary to claims in a Xinhua article. Photos: Xinhua, HKEJ

Xinhua article rips tycoons for weak protest stance

Cheung Kong chairman Li Ka-shing and other Hong Kong tycoons are being accused of not doing enough to counter the pro-democracy protest movement.

The accusations were made in an article carried by state news agency Xinhua on Saturday but was deleted shortly after it was posted.

The move spared the tycoons from having to respond, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The article blamed Li, Henderson Land’s Lee Shau-kee, Kerry Properties’ Robert Kuok, Wharf Holdings’ Peter Woo and other Hong Kong heavyweights for failing to check the movement by not being strong enough in their stance.

Sources close to Li said there was no need to respond to the article because he had made himself clear on Oct. 15 when he urged the protesters to go home.

Lee had stated his position before the protest, so the accusations had no basis, the report said, citing unnamed sources.

Lee has been saying Hong Kong’s social conflict is rooted in the housing problem, which is why he has been calling for increased land supply, the sources were quoted as saying.

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