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Xi’s Power Grab Spurs Historic Market Rout as Foreigners Flee

  • Stocks, yuan extend losses on Monday as Party congress ends
  • Traders worry leadership filled with Xi allies may disappoint
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A sense of exasperation swept across Chinese markets as President Xi Jinping moved to stack his leadership ranks with loyalists, with stocks capping their worst day in Hong Kong since the 2008 global financial crisis and the yuan weakening to a 14-year low.  

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, a gauge of Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong, plunged 7.3% in its worst showing after any Communist Party congress since the inception of the index in 1994. Foreign investors fled mainland markets, selling a record amount of equities via trading links in Hong Kong and fueling a nearly 3% loss in the CSI 300 Index. The onshore yuan fell as much as 0.6% to the weakest since January 2008.