HSBC refuses to open bank account for Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said on Wednesday global banking giant HSBC refused to open a personal bank account for him in Hong Kong for what he assumed were political reasons, a conjecture the bank dismissed.

The burly, bearded artist, who was in the financial hub for three days to visit his exhibition, said he did not try to open accounts at other banks, but that he had no difficulty in the past when he opened a bank account in Beijing.

Ai, arguably one of the world’s most high-profile contemporary artists and a well-known critic of China, said an HSBC staff

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