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Halfway to the point when Hong Kong will officially be enveloped by China, Beijing is not just calling the shots politically, but in vast swaths of the city’s $344 billion economy.

From the stock exchange to brokerages, construction projects to the retail sector, Chinese state-controlled firms are increasingly dominating, taking market share away from the local tycoons and British trading houses that thrived under the final decades of U.K. rule.

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