Protesters try to stick photos of missing booksellers, one of which shows Gui Minhai (left), during a demonstration outside the mainland Liaison Office in Hong Kong, on January 3, 2016. Gui, a Swedish citizen, was one of five employees of a Hong Kong bookshop specialising in salacious tales about high-level Chinese politics who were believed to have been spirited to the mainland in late 2015. Photo: AP

What Chinese leaders can learn from the Swedes about playing it cool in politics

  • The greater the official fuss over gossipy books, the more people are likely to believe that there is truth to the fiction
  • Cut the fuss, let Gui Minhai go, and no one will believe his books
Topic |   Hong Kong bookseller disappearances

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Protesters try to stick photos of missing booksellers, one of which shows Gui Minhai (left), during a demonstration outside the mainland Liaison Office in Hong Kong, on January 3, 2016. Gui, a Swedish citizen, was one of five employees of a Hong Kong bookshop specialising in salacious tales about high-level Chinese politics who were believed to have been spirited to the mainland in late 2015. Photo: AP
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