Staffing the writers unionWhen Hong Kong writers, critical of the People's Republic, disappear, the Communist leadership is not suspected of needing more writers. There are fears that China is extending its sovereignty.
Many in Hong Kong Fear Beijing’s Reach After Editor and Colleagues Disappear
A Hong Kong-based editor, who specializes in gossipy books about Chinese leaders, vanishes. His wife files a missing persons report with the police. She abruptly withdraws it after a faxed letter surfaces, apparently in her husband’s calligraphy, stating that he is in mainland China of his own volition, helping with an investigation. Hong Kong border officials have no record of his ever leaving.
The case of Lee Bo… and his four missing colleagues has [called]… into question the legal guarantee that people here would be shielded until midcentury from Beijing’s reach under an arrangement known as one country, two systems…
To legal scholars and human rights groups, Mr. Lee’s case, and those of his four colleagues at the publishing house Mighty Current Media, is the latest example of the ever-lengthening arm of the Chinese state, which, as its economy grows, appears to be increasingly willing to reach beyond its own legal jurisdiction to apprehend people…
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