Media-Shy Billionaire Joins Debate on Hong Kong’s Future


Media-Shy Billionaire Joins Debate on Hong Kong’s Future

Ma ”Pony” Huateng.
One of China’s most prominent internet tycoons is wading into a famously contentious political arena.
In an unusual move, Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s billionaire founder Pony Ma has chosen to convene a summit of government academics and business chieftains in Hong Kong days before the 20th anniversary of its return to China. The head of the country’s biggest corporation wants to fire up a debate about an issue that’s fomented protests and fears about Beijing’s agenda: how to entwine the self-run former British colony with the mainland.
This July 1 — a lightning-rod for …

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