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.
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