British consulate worker detained in China
Chinese authorities detained a British consulate official in Hong Kong, Simon Cheng, allegedly when he was returning to the city from neighboring Shenzhen.
Simon Cheng was returning from a business trip to Shenzhen when he suddenly stopped replying to messages 8 August, the young man’s girlfriend Li told the Guardian. The last thing he wrote was “Ready to pass through the border… pray for me,” she said. For 10 whole days Li and the official’s family members could not contact him.
Then, the Hong Kong immigration authorities informed the young woman that the PRC authorities have placed him under “administrative detention”. The reasons for the detention and the whereabouts of Cheng are unknown.
“We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen … We are providing support to his family and seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong province and Hong Kong,” a spokesman for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
Hong Kong immigration officials said they have made contact with the liaison office and the city’s government to gain more information on the incident and help Cheng’s family, the newspaper wrote.
Hong Kong is a former British colony that became part of China only in 1997. Major pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, which began in June.