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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ sparks backlash over ties to Xinjiang, Hong Kong

By Brenda Goh

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s release of “Mulan”, which is set in China and meant to appeal to audiences there, has provoked a backlash on social media over its star’s support of Hong Kong police and for being partly filmed in the Xinjiang region.

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and internet users in Taiwan and Thailand are among those who promoted hashtags “#BoycottMulan” and “#BanMulan” on Twitter, following this month’s launch of the film on Disney’s streaming platform.

It will also be shown in cinemas in China – an increasingly important market for Hollywood studios – from Sept 11.

Disney’s shares rose 1.7% to $134.20 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday as investors shrugged off the backlash on hopes that subscribers to the company’s streaming video service in the United States and other markets paid $30 over the weekend to watch the film

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CFC & Rwanda Finance Ltd agree to enhance cooperation ties

Casablanca Finance City (CFC) and Rwanda Finance Limited (RFL) have agreed to promote investment and cooperation between Morocco and Rwanda in financial services.

The agreement, signed on Wednesday via videoconference, seeks to promoting best practices, through which CFC will support the development of the International Financial Center of Kigali (KIFC).

Saïd Ibrahimi, CEO of CFC, said: “We are very pleased to sign this partnership between CFC and RFL. This agreement allows us to expand our network of partnerships and to share our expertise with other African financial centers in a logic of South-South cooperation”.

This partnership comes after the agreement sealed with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), which aims to facilitate the business of CFC companies operating in Rwanda, added Mr. Ibrahimi.

For his part, Nick Barigye, CEO of Rwanda Finance Limited said: “By capitalizing on the close relations between our two countries, this agreement emphasizes the improvement of the

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