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Canada’s consulate in Hong Kong suspends travel of its staff to China

August 23, 2019

HONG KONG, Aug 23 (Reuters / EP) –

The Canadian consulate in Hong Kong has reported Friday that it has suspended travel to China by its staff, a few days after it was confirmed that an employee of the British consulate in the city had been arrested in the country.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday that Simon Cheng, an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong, had been arrested in the city of Shenzhen.

Canada warned that there had been an increase in the detection of digital devices at border crossings between China and Hong Kong, as anti-government protests in the territory controlled by Beijing reached its 12th week.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that Canada was paying close attention to the situation in Hong Kong and called for moderation and respect for Human Rights.

Hong Kong has been dominated by anti-government protests for weeks and China accused the United Kingdom and other Western countries of meddling in their affairs.

The protests, which escalated in June over a now suspended bill that would allow extradition of criminal suspects in Hong Kong to mainland China to be tried, have become broader calls for political freedom.