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Beijing says holding UK's Hong Kong consulate employee

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said detained man had been 'placed in administrative detention for 15 days as punishment' for breaking a public security law.

22.8.2019

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said detained man had been 'placed in administrative detention for 15 days as punishment' for breaking a public security law.

An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China , Beijing confirmed Wednesday. The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London's 'interference' in pro-democracy protests

Geng said the employee was from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter.

That night, Cheng returned via high-speed train and sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to go through customs.

Beijing has repeatedly warned Britain -- the former colonial ruler of Hong Kong -- against any"interference" in the protests, which erupted 11 weeks ago and have seen millions of people hit the streets calling for democratic reforms.

With Beijing attempting to shape the narrative of the unrest in Hong Kong, Chinese authorities have increased their inspections at the Shenzhen border, including checking the phones and devices of some passengers for photos of the protests.

Beijing also faced criticism in the past for detaining foreign nationals amid ongoing diplomatic spats.

Former diplomat Kovrig and consultant Spavor were picked up in China on suspicion of espionage days after her arrest, in a move widely seen as retaliation.

"Hong Kong people are still fighting to oppose the extradition bill, yet something like this happened without such a bill," organiser Max Chung told AFP.

Read more: Yahoo Singapore

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