August 20, 2019 / 4:29 AM / a month ago

British foreign office concerned at reports staffer detained in China

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Britain’s foreign office said it was seeking more information about reports that a Hong Kong staff member had been detained in mainland China.

“We are concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained while returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen,” a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson in Beijing said in an emailed statement.

“We are providing support to their family and seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong.”

Simon Cheng, an employee at the U.K. consulate in Hong Kong, did not return to work on August 9 after visiting Shenzhen the previous day, Hong Kong news website HK01 reported, citing an interview with his girlfriend.

The U.K consulate in Hong Kong did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing and Noah Sin in Hong Kong. Writing by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Michael Perry)

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