Swedish ambassador to China under investigation after bizarre incident recounted by Angela Gui

Foreign Affairs

Swedish citizen and seller of books that Chinese leader Xi Jinping doesn’t like, Guì Mǐnhǎi 桂敏海, was detained by authorities in China a little over a year ago. He was never charged with a crime, and Sweden has had no success in negotiating for his release. Recently, things got weird.

  • Angela Gui, the detainee’s daughter, writes on Medium, “I had a very strange experience in Stockholm two weeks ago.”
  • According to Gui, the Swedish ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt, appeared to commission two businessmen to negotiate Gui Minhai’s case on the Swedish foreign ministry’s behalf. Her interaction with the ambassador and the unnamed businessmen in Stockholm in late January struck her as very odd, and is described in detail in the post. “There was a lot of wine, a lot of people, and a lot of increasingly strange questions,” she comments.
  • It got weirder: “When I rang up officials at the Ministry the following week, they told me they hadn’t had the slightest idea this whole affair was taking place.”
  • Sweden is now “reportedly investigating its ambassador” in the wake of the incident, according to Business Insider.