Xi Jinping

Hong Kong Bookstore Disappearances

Hong Kong Bookstore Disappearances

The list of the month’s best-sellers, posted on the glass door of the People’s Bookstore in Hong Kong, offers some titillating titles on Chinese politics, including “Xi Jinping’s House of Cards.”

Independent bookstores purveying tell-all tomes and supplying fresh fodder on China’s often-murky politics have stood as a testament to the “one country, two systems” arrangement under which the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997, but has managed to protect many civil liberties nonexistent in the rest of the country.

There’s been a distinct chill in the air, however, since four associates of one such business,...