Hong Kong share benchmark slips, index for China stocks rises
* HSI -0.3 pct, H-shares +0.2 pct, China shut for holiday
* Chinese insurers lead gains among H-shares
* Tencent drops ahead of FTSE China Index change (Updates to midday)
By Grace Li
HONG KONG, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's benchmark index slipped on Monday, hurt by falls for heavyweight stocks, while keen investor interest in Chinese companies helped the H-share index rise.
In the morning, China's August trade data pushed down both the Hang Seng Index and the one for top Chinese listings in Hong Kong, but those losses were erased.
Exports rose more than forecast while imports unexpectedly fell, pushing the trade surplus to a record high for the second consecutive month, underlining the challenges facing policymakers as they struggle to revive tepid domestic demand.
At midday, the Hang Seng was down 0.3 percent at 25,161.41 points. The China Enterprises Index was up 0.2 percent.
China markets are shut on Monday for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Hong Kong will be closed on Tuesday for the same holiday. Continuación...