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China detains Hong Kong publisher due to release dissident's book: Report

Published on Jan 21, 2014 2:27 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong publisher, who was due to release a dissident's book about Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been detained in China for almost three months, a report said on Tuesday.

Yao Wentian, the 73-year-old chief editor of Morning Bell Press, was surrounded by a dozen plain-clothes security agents and detained late October after he was "lured" to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the South China Morning Post said.

Citing sources close to Mr Yao's wife, the report said he was being held in a detention centre and police have not disclosed the charges against him, which may include smuggling and evasion of import tariffs.

Mr Yao was working with US-based author and dissident Yu Jie to publish his book "Chinese Godfather Xi Jinping".

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