VK & # 39; extremely concerned & # 39; after Hong Kong consular officer goes missing
The British Foreign Ministry has said it & # 39; concerned & # 39; is about reports that a consular worker has been detained in China.
Simon Cheng Man kit, who works at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, is missing after a business trip to the mainland according to local media.
Mr. Cheng was at a business event in Shenzhen, southeast China, on August 8, but was unable to return to work, and his family suspected he was being held.
& # 39; We are concerned about reports that a member of our team has been detained while returning from Shenzhen to Hong Kong & # 39 ;, said an FCO spokesperson.
The British Foreign Ministry has said it & # 39; concerned & # 39; is about reports that consular worker Simon Cheng Man-kit (photo) has been detained in China
& # 39; We provide support to their families and seek more information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. & # 39;
Mr. Cheng is a trade and investment officer in the Scottish Development International department of the consulate.
According to the Hong Kong news website HK01, he had told his girlfriend to pray for me & # 39; while he said he was going on & # 39; on the way back & # 39 ;.
Mr. Cheng did not answer two more phone calls from his girlfriend later.
He apparently intended to return to Hong Kong via a high-speed line from Shenzen.
When he did not return to work, the British consulate spoke to his family and contacted the police.
However, according to Hong Kong media, officers at the relevant train station did not receive arrests on 8 or 9 August.
Simon Cheng Man kit (photo), who works at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, is feared to have been detained after he had not returned a business trip to the mainland
Mr. Cheng (shown in Germany) was at a business event in Shenzhen, in southeast China on August 8, but was no longer able to work
According to Mr. Cheng's online profiles, he has been working at the British Consulate in Hong Kong since December 2017.
Before that he worked for the European Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan and he also studied at the London School of Economics.
He also describes himself as a former member of the Young Fabians, a branch of the center-left Fabian Society in Britain.
Mr Cheng's disappearance comes at a tense time in relations between China and the West, while Beijing is fighting against Washington in a trade war and China is increasingly criticizing its crackdown on demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Weeks of protests on Chinese territory do not show any satisfaction with campaigners who advocate the resignation of the city leader, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of violence.
The demonstrations were caused by a controversial extradition law but have become a call for broader democratic reforms.
Mr Cheng's disappearance comes at a tense time in relations between China and the West amid fears of Chinese action against protests in Hong Kong (photo)
Beijing has chosen an increasingly harsh tone against the protests, which it sees as a direct challenge to its rule.
It has also repeatedly warned Great Britain – the former colonial ruler of Hong Kong – & # 39; interference & # 39; in the protests.
Great Britain, the United States and other countries have urged China to use the formula & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; to respect Hong Kong's return to China in 1997.
Hong Kong enjoys freedoms on the mainland, including freedom of expression, unrestricted access to the internet and an independent judiciary.
But the ongoing protests have fueled fears of a Chinese approach.
Chinese authorities have stepped up their border inspections, including checking telephones and devices of some passengers on photos of the protests.
China had promised to respect the freedoms in the semi-autonomous region after the transfer of the United Kingdom in 1997.
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