|A file photo of Xiao Jianhua, who has disappeared from Hong Kong|
|He was last seen at the Four Seasons Hong Kong (left)|
|Xiao is highly connected to Beijing|
These two statements were later deleted from the account.
If these messages were meant to be reassurances, they had the opposite reaction. Just because a mainlander has a Canadian passport means nothing to Beijing -- especially if he did not cross the border using his passport (with a visa in it).
This case may not garner as much sympathy in Hong Kong because Xiao is a mainlander, but the principle is the same -- a Hong Kong resident cannot be taken across the border against his will which is in Article 28 of the Basic Law.
Here we have the chills again, that anyone can be spirited away across the border without any signs. The fact that he was taken away in such a public place is quite daring.
We will have to see what happens, but it may be weeks or months before we hear something...