SINGAPORE (Nov 4): In a dark cavernous hall located in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, rows of sharply suited businessmen and casually dressed attendees sat expectantly. As loud rock music boomed from the speakers, an emcee emerged to hype up the crowd.

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