In the grand tradition of Stalinist show trials, many weeks after the event Beijing has presented a televised explanation for the disappearance from Thailand of one of five employees of a Hong Kong publishing company, Causeway Bay Books. The company has been producing gossipy – and popular – books on mainland leaders and other sensitive topics. Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen, disappeared from his apartment in the Thai resort of Pattaya in October and was the first of five to go missing, three soon after from Shenzhen and most recently

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