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Rise, an annual tech conference whose recent speakers have included executives from Uber (UBER) , Alibaba (BABA) and Stripe, as well as partners from top venture capital firms, said on Thursday that it is leaving Hong Kong for the Malaysian capital. Rise is billed as Asia’s largest tech gathering, and attracted some 16,000 attendees and more than 350 speakers last year. […] But in November 2019, Web Summit pulled the plug on the Rise conference scheduled for March 2020, citing at the time “the ongoing situation in Hong Kong,” according to multiple reports. […] Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder and CEO of Web Summit and Rise, told CNN Business that the political situation in Hong Kong was not the reason behind the decision. […] But the loss of Rise will deliver another blow to Hong Kong’s conference and exhibition industry, which was dinged by last year’s pro-democracy protests.
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