The Foreign Office is to hold “urgent” talks with China after a Catholic human rights activist was denied entry to Hong Kong.

Benedict Rogers, a long-standing critic of Beijing and a writer for the Catholic Herald, was turned away while attempting to visit friends in the city’s pro-democracy movement.

The incident prompted protests among campaigners in Hong Kong and a terse diplomatic exchange between Britain and China.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC that he was “very concerned” that a British national had been denied entry and said he would seek an “urgent explanation” from Hong Kong and Beijing authorities.

China’s foreign ministry accused Mr Rogers of trying to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs. Mr Rogers, co-founder of the Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission, said that the idea was “absurd”.

“If having lunch and dinner, tea and coffee with people privately is meddling, then I suppose I plead guilty to that,” he told the Hong Kong Free Press. “But that’s a strange definition of meddling.”

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