China says EU criticism of its rule of Hong Kong unfounded

Reuters
Date: Apr 26, 2016

EU criticism of China’s rule over Hong Kong is unfounded, China’s Foreign Ministry

A printout showing Lee Bo, specializing in publications critical of China, and four other colleagues who went missing, is displayed outside a bookstore at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A printout showing Lee Bo, specializing in publications critical of China, and four other colleagues who went missing, is displayed outside a bookstore at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

said on Tuesday, after an EU report called the disappearance of five booksellers the most serious challenge to the “one country, two systems” principle since the city’s return to China.

The disappearances of the five publishers who sold books critical of Chinese leaders had provoked concern that China was using shadowy tactics to erode the formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997.

One of the booksellers, Lee Bo, a British passport holder, disappeared in December and surfaced in China almost three months later. He has since returned to Hong Kong and said he had not been kidnapped by Chinese authorities as many suspected, but Britain had said he was removed under duress.

The one country, two systems principle was called into “serious doubt” by the case of the missing publishers, the annual EU report released on Monday said.     [FULL  STORY]

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