A publisher of books critical of China's leaders who went missing in Hong Kong last week has traveled to China voluntarily, his wife said on Tuesday, as Britain reminded its former colony of its commitment to press freedom.
Four other associates of the publisher, which specializes in selling and publishing gossipy political books on China's Communist Party leaders, have been unaccounted for since late last year.
The disappearances and China's continued silence have stoked fears of mainland Chinese authorities using shadowy tactics that erode the "one country, two systems" formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China in 1997.
Lee Bo, 65, a shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, went missing last week, amid mounting speculation he may have been taken by Chinese agents. His wife, Sophie Choi, however, withdrew a missing persons report for her husband on Monday.
"He went voluntarily so that's why ... I cancelled the report," Choi said in brief comments to reporters staking out her apartment.