Hong Kong “Textile King” Tang Hsiang-chien set up a woollen textile factory in Urumqi in 1979. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Billionaire ‘Textile King’ Tang Hsiang-chien earned Beijing’s respect by investing in far-flung Xinjiang and other provinces as soon as China opened up

  • But Tang Hsiang-chien’s son, former chief secretary Henry Tang, says getting clothes shipped overseas still had its challenges
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Hong Kong “Textile King” Tang Hsiang-chien set up a woollen textile factory in Urumqi in 1979. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung joined the Post in 2000, covering fields ranging from politics and the integration between Hong Kong and China. He became assistant editor-in-chief of Ming Pao in 2017 and returned to the Post the following year. He is author of Hong Kong’s Watershed: The 1967 riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).