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China suspected in Hong Kong, Thailand abductions

On Sunday, Albert Ho, a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong, said Gui’s company had been planning to publish a book about one of Xi’s former girlfriends. From left above, Gui Minhai, a China-born Swedish national who owns Mighty Current publishing house; Cheung Jiping, the business manager of the publishing house; Causeway Bay Books shareholder Lee Bo.

Causeway Bay Books, in operation since 1994, is known for distributing banned, politically-revealing books that otherwise go uncirculated in mainland China.

For the day, the index tumbled 587.28 points or 2.68 percent to finish at 21,327.12 after trading between 21,227.61 and 21,794.84 on turnover of 73.84 billion Hong Kong dollars.

“The reason why I want to invite friends in the media to come to our office is to state solemnly the provision under the Basic Law – namely only legal enforcement agencies in Hong Kong have the legal authority to enforce laws in Hong Kong“. In the past, we were safe because we lived in Hong Kong instead of the mainland China.

“The most scary thing is, there’s no news and no proof on what happened to those five publishers, and even the Central Government and the Hong Kong government refused to respond, well previously, on the whereabouts these citizens are”.

Lee Bo is the fifth man linked to a shop selling works critical of China’s government to go missing since October.

However, there is “no indication” as of yet that Chinese authorities had any role to play in the disappearance of Lee or his colleagues, Leung said Monday.

Hong Kong’s leader says he’s “highly concerned” about the recent disappearances of five booksellers specializing in titles critical of mainland China’s leadership.

“If mainland law enforcement personnel enforce the law in Hong Kong, it is unacceptable because it is against the Basic Law (the city’s constitution)”.

Mrs Lee’s response reflects a typical assumption of Hongkongers – that you could criticise the Communist Party as long as you are in Hong Kong.

She said the call was from a number in the nearby Chinese city of Shenzhen.

In May 2014, a Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian was sentenced to 10 years for smuggling. Lee’s wife has reported her husband’s missing to the Hong Kong Police Force but still no one could contact Lee since 4 days before. He declined to name the person, in line with Foreign Ministry policy, but said he was in his 50s.

“We are urgently investigating with the relevant authorities”, the spokesperson said. “These books spread to the mainland by various means, becoming a source of political rumours, and creating negative effects”, said the article, signed by Shan Renping, a pen name for the newspaper’s editor Hu Xijin.

Hong Kong people are very shocked and appalled”, Mr Ho said.

Opponents of the Chinese government, including executives who have been ensnared in Beijing’s wide-ranging crackdown on corruption, often disappear before details emerge of them being held by authorities.

Hong Kong enjoys press freedoms not available in China, although some publishers had already begun to complain about growing pressure from Beijing.

“In Hong Kong, the only people who can exercise the power of the law are our legal enforcement agencies of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government”, he said.

Ho, the opposition lawmaker, said he understood the publishing house may have been preparing a book looking into the earlier love life of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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