US raps China on Hong Kong booksellers

Members of the Civic party voice their concern about missing booksellers outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong on January 19, 2016Washington called on Beijing Monday to explain the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers, with a State Department spokesman saying the incidents “raise serious questions about China’s commitment to Hong Kong’s autonomy”. The five, all affiliated with Hong Kong’s Mighty Current publishing house which is known for salacious titles critical of Beijing leaders, disappeared in recent months and are feared to have been detained in mainland China. “We urge China to clarify the current status of all five individuals and the circumstances surrounding their disappearances and to allow them to return to their homes,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington.

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