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What are the advantages of the jurisdiction for Chinese investors? Hong Kong (HK) as a window to work with international companies. A lot of international firms like to set up office in HK in order to trade with Mainland China, therefore is easier to communicate with them in HK. HK has good reputation in the world; foreigners are more willing to trade with HK Company and build up good image for it. HK is an international finance centre with a wide range of financing channels, easy borrowing and financing. Funds parking in HK can increase the flexibility of its utilizing....

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