China claims 12 detained Hongkongers are ‘separatists,’ as democrat warns they may become diplomatic ‘bargaining chips’

The authorities in Shenzhen have confirmed that 12 Hongkongers – who were intercepted whilst trying to flee by boat to Taiwan – are under criminal detention. It is the first official update in the 20 days since their arrest, with a Chinese spokesperson claiming on Sunday that the detainees are “separatists.” The Yantian division of […]