China Admits to Holding Employee From UK’s Hong Kong Consulate

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 8/21/2019 | Mary Chastain
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The tension between China and Hong Kong have not died down.

Now it may extend to other countries after China admitted it detained an employee from the British consulate in Hong Kong.

Media - Outlets - Tuesday - Morning - UK

Media outlets reported early Tuesday morning the UK had concerns about Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, who works at the consulate in Hong Kong with the Scottish Development International section.

Cheng’s detainment came at a time when China became “more vocal in blaming foreign nations, including Britain and the United States, for the monthlong protests” in Hong Kong.

Officials - Hong - Kong - China - August

Officials reported him missing after he did not return to Hong Kong from China on August 8. From Fox News:

Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, was reportedly detained after attempting to return to Hong Kong after he was last seen attending a business event in Shenzhen on Aug. 8, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.

Cheng - Trade - Investment - Officer - Scottish

It was unclear if Cheng, who worked as a trade and investment officer with the Scottish Development International section of the consulate, had a diplomatic passport, but detaining any person or staff member from a foreign consulate is considered extremely unorthodox.

“We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen,” said the statement, which was forwarded by the British Embassy in Beijing. “We are providing support to his family and seeking further information...
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