Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Lam Wing-kee (林榮基), a Hong Kong bookseller who went missing in 2015 and resurfaced after eight months of detention in China, arrived in Taiwan Tuesday to attend the 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition scheduled to take place Feb. 8-13.
Lam's visit is purely private in nature, and he will not conduct any official visits or attend press conferences in any form, said a statement released by Lam's hosts in Taiwan -- Independent Chinese PEN Center Chairman Bei Ling (貝嶺), Chinese writer Meng Lang (孟浪) and Taiwanese bookseller Howard Chen (陳隆昊).
The statement explained that Lam has been in the media spotlight because of the Causeway Bay Books incident of 2015-2016, and therefore decided not to appear on public occasions during his stay in Taiwan.
Lam was one of five staff members of Causeway Bay Books, an independent bookstore in Hong Kong, who went missing between October and December 2015. The disappearances were later confirmed to be the result of detention by Chinese police in Guangdong Province.
The detention triggered concerns about Chinese police "enforcing the law outside (China's) borders," a move that was blasted as violating the "one China, two systems" formula adopted in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China.
Before they were "abducted," the bookstore they worked at sold books critical of Chinese leaders.
(By Miu Chung-han and Elizabeth Hsu)