Britain presses for information on HK consulate worker detained in China

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator puts a poster on the wall of British Consulate-general office, next to the image of Simon Cheng, a staff member at the consulate who went missing on August 9 after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen, during a protest outside in Hong Kong, China, August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain’s Foreign Office continues to “urgently seek further information” about an employee of its Hong Kong consulate who was detained in China, it said on Thursday.

It said officials not been able to speak to the consulate worker, Simon Cheng, since his detention in the Chinese border city of Shenzhen. Cheng had been expected to return to work on August 9 after visiting the city neighboring Hong Kong.

The foreign office said it was continuing to raise the case with officials in Hong Kong, London and China.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Huizhong Wu