US raps China on HK booksellers


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washington called for Beijing to explain the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers Monday, with a State Department spokesman saying the incidents “raise serious questions about China’s commitment to Hong Kong’s autonomy.” The five, all affiliated with Hong Kong’s Mighty Current publishing house, known for salacious titles critical of Beijing leaders, disappeared in recent months and are feared detained in Mainland China. The five include two citizens of European countries who went missing in Thailand and in Hong Kong, where mainland law enforcers have no authority to operate, raising fears of Chinese authorities extending their reach internationally.



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