After release, Swede Gui Minhai detained again by China

Hong Kong bookseller 'seized on China train in front of diplomats'

However, Sweden's response so far has been called into question by Human Rights Watch, and by Swedish writer Jojje Olsson who has written a book about Gui's case.

One of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for salacious titles about the lives of China's political elite, Gui first was kidnapped by Chinese heavies from Pattaya in 2015 and resurfaced in detention on the mainland.

He was released into house arrest in October in the eastern city of Ningbo, living in what his daughter Angela called a police managed apartment.

China's Ministry of Public Security did not respond to a faxed request for comment. Mr. Gui was going to be checked for possible amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., a disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord, impairing muscle actions like walking and swallowing.

Ten plainclothes police officers boarded the train just outside the Chinese capital, "grabbed him and just took him away", she told the station. After that, I have not heard anything."Sweden's consul general in Hong Kong, where Gui and his publishing house were based, said her government was "fully aware" of the incident on the train."We are in constant communication with Chinese officials and we are treating the case with the utmost seriousness", Helena Storm told CNN on Tuesday.A spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry repeatedly declined to provide information on Gui's case, or be drawn on the issue of his citizenship during a regular press briefing Tuesday."All foreigners in China, including diplomats in foreign embassies and consulates, must not violate worldwide law or Chinese laws", said Hua Chunying". Two Swedish Embassy officials are said to have been traveling with him.

"We take a very serious view of the detention on Saturday of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, with no specific reason being given for the detention, which took place during an ongoing consular support mission", Wallstrom said in her statement.

The New York Times reported that Chinese officials told Swedish diplomats that Gui was this time suspected of sharing secrets with Swedish authorities.

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"We expect the immediate release of our fellow citizen, and that he be given the opportunity to meet Swedish diplomatic and medical staff", the statement said.

At the Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing, the spokeswoman, Ms. Hua, declined to give details about discussions between Swedish and Chinese diplomats.

The fact that he had been snatched in front of diplomats should be a "wake up call" to the global community, said Amnesty's China researcher William Nee.

Chinese authorities have again seized a man who, in 2015, was one of five affiliates of a Hong Kong publishing company, Mighty Current Media, spirited away by mainland authorities.

"Communication channels between China and Sweden are smooth and effective. After that I haven't heard anything", said Angela Gui, who studies in Britain.

The men's disappearance sparked concerns about the erosion of the rule of law in Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, with a high degree of autonomy guaranteed by Beijing until 2047. "If he does have A.L.S. then he doesn't have much time left".

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