The United Kingdom Foreign Office said it was "extremely concerned" by reporting that a staff member at the consulate in his former colony in Hong Kong was detained in mainland China.
Simon Cheng does not return to work on August 9 after visiting the neighboring mainland Shenzhen the previous day, Hong Kong news website HK01 reported on Tuesday, citing an interview with his girlfriend and family.
HK01 has appointed Cheng as Trade and Investment Officer in the Scottish Development International section of the Consulate.
The report prompted a quick response from the United Kingdom Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which said in statement r canceled by the British Embassy in Beijing that " sought further information from the authorities in Guangdong and Hong Kong"
There was no immediate comment by Chinese authorities on this statement, but Hong Kong police confirmed that they received a report on 9 August and a battle was reported by a British Foreign Ministry employee who had disappeared after his trip to China. .
Speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong, Hong Kong's senior public relations officer, Kong Wing-cheung, said an investigation was underway.
He added that "in the name of personal data" he could not
The political crisis deepens
The incident has come as Hong Kong, a major financial hub, has faced its worst political crisis in decades.
The Semi-Seine ̵
Critics argue that the bill is part of a broader move by Beijing to reduce the freedoms Hong Kong enjoys under the so-called. country, two systems "principle introduced since it was returned to China from the UK in 1997.
Although the Hong Kong government suspended the proposed legislation amid mass protests against it, CEO Kerry Lam declared it
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom, the United States and other powers have called on China to adhere to the "one country, two systems" formula, with protests against the extradition bill becoming wider The movement called for democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police brutality against protesters.
The calls annoyed Beijing, who accused both forces of interfering in their affairs and took an increasingly firm tone against the demonstrations.
Amid concerns, facing a direct challenge to its management in crisis-stricken territory, China has assembled troops as part of a view of Hong Kong at a nearby sports complex in Shenzhen .
In an apparent request to riot, Lam announced on Tuesday that he would open talks with critics of his government and promised to conduct an investigation into alleged police violence.
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