U.K. ‘extremely concerned’ after Hong Kong consulate official disappears in China

A British Consulate official has been missing in China for ten days

A British Consulate official has been missing in China for ten days

The British government said it was “extremely concerned” about the disappearance of an official in its Hong Kong consulate during a trip to mainland China.

The official, Simon Cheng Man-kit, traveled to Shenzhen, a city of 12.5 million linking Hong Kong to Southeast China, on Aug. 8, and was supposed to return the same day. Cheng, 28, reportedly urged his girlfriend to “pray for me” as he tried to cross the border on the return trip.

The British embassy in Beijing told The Telegraph, a British newspaper, that Cheng had been detained by China. Cheng is a trade and investment officer at the Scottish Development International section in the Hong Kong consulate.

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