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

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).

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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