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Financial Times editor refused entry to Hong Kong

Victor Mallet’s work visa renewal was rejected last month after he hosted a talk by a now-banned political party chief.

The Asia editor of the Financial Times has been refused entry to Hong Kong, weeks after the semi-autonomous Chinese territory refused to renew his work visa.

The newspaper reported that Victor Mallet had been turned away at the border on Thursday after being questioned for several hours.

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Mr Mallet had hosted a talk by the leader of a now-banned pro-independence political party (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Mr Mallet’s visa rejection in October came shortly after he hosted a talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club by the head of a now-banned political party advocating the financial hub’s independence from China.

Hong Kong’s immigration authorities have given no explanation for Mr Mallet’s expulsion, and issued a statement saying they would “act in accordance with the laws and policies and decide whether the entry will be allowed or refused after careful consideration of the circumstances of each case”.

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