When millions of Hong Kong residents marched peacefully against a controversial extradition bill in early and mid-June, it was relatively easy for companies and investors in the territory to avoid taking sides.

But as initially peaceful marches have given way to an increasingly violent “flash mob” rebellion, with pitched battles between protesters and police breaking out at multiple locations every weekend, Chinese officials are beginning to lose their patience. They are now demanding — and receiving — overt demonstrations of corporate support for an end to the protests.

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