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HONG KONG, Jan 29 AFP

January 29 2013, 7:54PM

Hong Kong shares have ended flat as dealers took profits a day after the index rose to a 21-month high on the back of growing confidence in the Chinese economy.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index edged down 16.71 points on Tuesday to 23,655.17 on turnover of HK$75.66 billion ($A9.42 billion).

Chinese shares closed up 0.53 percent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 12.47 points to 2,358.98 on turnover of 124.9 billion yuan ($A19.41 billion).