(From AFP)

Beijing blasted Britain Friday for suggesting that a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was “involuntarily removed to the mainland”, accusing the former colonial power of interfering in Chinese domestic affairs.

A pro-democracy demonstrator burns a letter next to pictures of missing staff members of a publishing house and a bookstore in Hong Kong

Britain had earlier released a report describing the disappearance of Lee Bo, who holds a British passport and published books critical of Chinese politics, as a “serious breach” of an agreement signed with Beijing before Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997.

They were Britain’s strongest comments yet on a case that has rocked Hong Kong, adding to growing fears that freedoms are being eroded in the semi-autonomous city.

Beijing hit back, slamming London for making “groundless accusations against China”.

“Hong Kong affairs are China’s domestic affairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement late Friday.

“We ask the British side to mind its words and actions and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs.” Read More

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