Hong Kong booksellers reappear, offer ‘confession’ on Chinese TV

(From Thomson Reuters)

Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in October appeared on Chinese television confirming for the first time they’d been detained for “illegal book trading” in mainland China.

(Clockwise top left) Gui, Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee

(Clockwise top left) Gui Minhai, Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee

The five booksellers — including a British and Swedish national — had been linked to the same Hong Kong publisher and bookstore that specialised in gossipy books on the private lives and power struggles of China’s Communist Party leaders.

The disappearances have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may be using shadowy tactics that erode the ‘one country, two systems’ formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997.

Four of the men, Gui Minhai, Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee, gave details of their alleged offences to Phoenix Television on Sunday night. Read More



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