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The U.K. has accused Chinese authorities of torturing a former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong, a move likely to further damage relations strained in recent months by London’s gestures of support for pro-democracy protesters in its former colony.

The intervention comes after Simon Cheng — a Hong Kong resident who worked for the consulate’s business development team before he went missing in mainland China for 15 days in August — said on Wednesday he was beaten and forced to confess while detained by Chinese agents, who pressed him for information on participants in the city’s protests.

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