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Swedish king cancels China visit, palace cites domestic reasons

Swedish citizen Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai detained for over 3 years

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has a key role to play in the formation of a new government   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Sweden's king has canceled a trip to China as his presence at home is required to help form a new government, the country's Royal Court said Tuesday, in the wake of media reports linking the move to China's continued detention of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen.

Gui, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who vanished mysteriously in October 2015 after being accused of selling banned titles in China, has been detained since October 2015, except for brief period last year, and Sweden has been calling for his release.

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