The "return" of a billionaire to mainland China alarm Hongkong

Online Desk | February 3,2017 | 6:31 am

Xiao Jianhua, leader of a group linked to Chinese power, had been settled for several years in the former British colony.

Xiao Jianhua, a 46-year-old Chinese billionaire and head of the Tomorrow holding company, was known for his discretion and his squadron of women's bodyguards for several years in a residence under the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

His "disappearance" in the night of Thursday 26 to Friday January 27, in an operation attributed to the Chinese security services which would have convinced him to return to their side in China via the border town of Shenzhen, has again put Hongkong in A year after the exfiltration of several Hong Kong publishers of books banned in China.

His disappearance was first revealed by media in exile known for their scoops on Chinese politics. The Hong Kong press then pointed out that a relative of Mr. Xiao had requested the assistance of the police of the special administrative region before ensuring that the billionaire was safe. A source close to the survey quoted by the Financial Times on Tuesday said that the video surveillance of the hotel entrusted to the Hong Kong police shows Mr. Xiao and two of his bodyguards accompanied by "five or six Chinese police officers in Civilian " . The businessman, however, seems "to move of his own free will" .

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