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22 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Beijing says holding Britain’s Hong Kong consulate employee

AFP, Beijing
Beijing says holding Britain’s Hong Kong consulate employee

An employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed yesterday.

The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London’s “interference” in pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for three months.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing the detained man had been “placed in administrative detention for 15 days as punishment” by Shenzhen police for breaking a public security law.

Geng said the employee was from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter.

“Let me clarify, this employee is a Hong Kong citizen, he’s not a UK citizen, which is also saying he’s a Chinese person,” Geng said. The man, named by his family as Simon Cheng, travelled to Shenzhen, a megacity on the China-Hong Kong border, for a one-day business meeting on August 8.

That night, Cheng returned via high-speed train and sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to go through customs. “We lost contact with him since then,” the family said in a Facebook post.

 

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