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US lawmakers urged top American bankers to cancel HK summit attendance

Two US lawmakers have warned that the participation of top American bankers at a Hong Kong financial summit held in early November would contribute to Chinese government rights abuses. Goldman Sachs Group Inc CEO David Solomon, Morgan Stanley boss James Gorman and BlackRock Inc President Rob Kapito are among the heads of some of the world's top banks and asset managers scheduled to attend the city's Global Financial Leaders' Investment Summit on 2 November. Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jim McGovern, both Democrats, urged the banks’ executives to cancel their attendance. They said their presence only serves to legitimise the swift dismantling of Hong Kong's autonomy, free press, and the rule of law by Hong Kong authorities acting along with the Chinese Communist Party.

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