Messages of support (L and R) are seen hanging on the door of a closed bookshop selling books about China's politics in Hong Kong on January 4, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
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Britain said Tuesday that it was "deeply concerned" by reports of the disappearance and possible detention of five Hong Kong booksellers specializing in publications critical of China, one of whom is British, and urged the city's commitment to press freedom.A spokesperson for the British embassy in Beijing called on authorities in Hong Kong, a former British colony, and China to ascertain its citizen's welfare and whereabouts. The remarks, referring to the "special administrative region" (SAR) of Hong Kong, came as British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond began his two-day visit to China and after China's foreign ministry warned that it would not tolerate outside interference in the affairs of Hong Kong.
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