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No information about missing Chinese journalist: Thai police


Bangkok: Thai police today said that they have no information about a Chinese journalist who is feared to have been forcibly taken back to China after he fled the country and travelled to India and then Thailand claiming that he was fed up with a life as a government informant.

The journalist, Li Xin, formerly a website editor for a Chinese media group, reportedly fled last October to India, where he told media that he could no longer bear working as a secret informant for the Chinese government. He later travelled to Thailand. Li’s wife, He Fangmei, claimed that he was planning to seek asylum before he went missing in Thailand on January 11.

The wife said that she last spoke to her husband when he was riding a train from Bangkok to Nong Khai in northeastern Thailand. She said she fears her husband was taken back to China, raising concerns that he might have been abducted by Chinese agents.

Thai Police spokesman Dejnarong Suthicharnbancha today said that they have no information about the Chinese journalist and will only look into the case if his wife files a missing complaint. Police said that the wife could file a complaint with police if she believed her husband had disappeared, the Bangkok Post reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said the ministry had yet to obtain any information regarding the disappearance of the Chinese journalist.