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Exiled China author in Hong Kong as arts centre agrees to host talks

Dissident Chinese author Ma Jian arrived in Hong Kong Friday vowing to speak at the city s literary festival as a major arts centre that had pulled out of hosting him changed its mind. The new Tai Kwun arts complex, which hosts the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, said Thursday it had cancelled Ma s two speaking events after venue director Timothy Calnin said he did not want it to become a platform to promote the political interests of any individual . Ma, whose books are banned in mainland China, is due to promote his latest novel China Dream , a title that plays on Chinese President Xi Jinping s rhetoric of national rejuvenation and is described by publisher Penguin as a biting satire of totalitarianism . A replacement venue also pulled out Friday as concerns grow that freedoms are dying in the semi-autonomous city under an assertive China. Calnin said Friday the centre had reconsidered and would host Ma as an alternative venue had not been found. Mr Ma has made public

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