(From Reuters)

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday that a Hong Kong bookseller who disappeared from the Chinese-controlled city under mysterious circumstances last year had been removed under duress, and that the business community was “unnerved”.

Philip Hammond

Lee Bo, the bookseller and British passport holder, disappeared in December from the former British colony and surfaced in China almost three months later. He has since returned to Hong Kong and said he had not been kidnapped by Chinese authorities as many suspected.

He has also said he would renounce his British citizenship.

But Hammond disputed Lee’s explanation.

“On the basis of the evidence available to us, we are clear that he was removed from Hong Kong under duress,” Hammond told a small group of reporters in Hong Kong. Read More

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