(From AFP)

China agreed on Monday to hold talks with Hong Kong in the wake of explosive revelations by a city bookseller Lam Wing-kee who said he was detained for eight months on the mainland, as fears grow that Beijing is tightening its grip.

Lam Wing-kee

In a short statement on Monday, Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he had received a reply from Beijing “to start discussion on the existing notification mechanism between the two places.”

Under that system, the authorities on the mainland are required to give clear details about arrests and detentions of Hong Kong citizens over the border, a procedure critics say went disastrously wrong in the booksellers’ case. Read More

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