Hong Kong's Missing Booksellers Expose Publishing Underbelly

  • `Upstairs bookshops' offer salacious texts on Chinese leaders
  • Thinly sourced titles cater to information-starved mainlanders

Lee Bo's bookstore in Causeway Bay.

Photographer: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Sandwiched between a pharmacy and a discount clothing store in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay neighborhood is a narrow staircase leading to a shuttered bookshop that has become a symbol of the fears of China’s encroachment in the former British colony.

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