What’s Behind China’s Apparent Abductions of Its Critics Abroad?

A book featuring a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party officials on the cover at the closed Causeway Bay Bookstore, Hong Kong, Feb. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).
A book featuring a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party officials on the cover at the closed Causeway Bay Bookstore, Hong Kong, Feb. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).
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Gui Minhai, by most accounts, appeared quite happy with his life as a writer and editor in Pattaya, a seedy seaside resort east of Bangkok. Born in China and holding a Swedish passport, he had been living in a condo and working on books for Mighty Current, a Hong Kong-based publishing house he founded that specialized in steamy—and possibly untrue—tell-alls about the private lives and political in-fighting of leaders of China’s Communist Party. He swam daily and apparently wrote at a desk overlooking the blue-green Gulf of Thailand. Then, last November, Gui suddenly vanished. Closed-circuit television recordings from his condo […]

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