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China acknowledged the detention of a Hong Kong British consulate employee Wednesday who was reported missing to police Aug. 9.
Simon Cheng’s family said the 28-year-old did not return from a business trip to Shenzhen Aug. 8 in a Wednesday Facebook post, saying, “We feel very helpless and are worried sick about Simon. We hope Simon can return to Hong Kong as soon as possible,” according to NPR.
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China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuan, said at a daily briefing that Shenzhen police detained Cheng for 15 days by for violating public order regulations but did not provide further details, saying that because Cheng is Chinese, his detention “is entirely a matter of China’s internal affairs.”
Cheng was born in Hong Kong but holds a British national overseas passport, which allows for consular representation outside China, The Associated Press reported.
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Despite insisting Cheng’s detention is “not a diplomatic issue,” Geng said, “Britain has made a series of wrong statements on Hong Kong. We again urge them to stop gesticulating and to stop fanning the flames.”
“Regarding the series of words and deeds by the British side recently on Hong Kong-related issues, we have repeatedly lodged solemn complaints with the U.K.,” Geng said, adding that the U.K., which has expressed support for peaceful Hong Kong protesters, should “stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs.”
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