China to prosecute first foreigner for 'funding enemies in the US'

China to prosecute first foreigner for ‘funding enemies in the US’ and ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests

  • Lee Henley Hu Xiang allegedly provided funds for foreign anti-China forces
  • He was also accused of supporting pro-democracy activities in Hong Kong 
  • The Belizean citizen was transferred for prosecution yesterday, reports say
  • He is the first foreign national China prosecutes for interference in Hong Kong

China will prosecute its first foreign national for his alleged involvement in providing funds for ‘enemies in the US’ and ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong’s affairs, Chinese media report. 

Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean citizen, is facing charges of funding and endangering national security in relation to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019.  

Chinese authorities concluded their investigation and transferred Lee’s case to Guangzhou People’s Procuratorate for prosecution, Guangzhou Daily, an official party newspaper of the southern Chinese city, reported yesterday.

China will prosecute its first foreign national for his alleged involvement in providing funds for ‘enemies in the US’ and ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong’s affairs. FILE: A banner is seen as anti-government demonstrators march in Hong Kong on October 14, 2019

This file photo taken on December 8, 2019, shows pro-democracy protesters marching on a street during a protest in Hong Kong

‘Investigations by the national security agency confirmed that the suspect provided a large amount of funds to enemy forces in the United States, colluded with foreign anti-China forces to intervene in Hong Kong affairs, and funded the implementation of criminal activities that endangered our national security,’ the paper said. 

According to Chinese laws, such offense could lead to at least five-year imprisonment and deprivation of political rights for Chinese nationals. 

The Belizean citizen was first arrested in November last year in Guangzhou. 

As a businessman living in China, Lee had allegedly funded key members of forces in the US to undermine China’s national security, according to various media reports. 

He was also accused of supporting activities during the protests in Hong Kong.

Lee’s whereabouts are unknown and he is uncontactable. He has made no public comments on the charges.

FILE: A man holds a poster in Shatin, Hong Kong, on September 11, 2019, as people gather to sing ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, a protest song which gained popularity as an unofficial anthem

Hong Kong has been the site of massive pro-democracy protests since last year, with millions taking to the streets to demonstrate against what local residents have seen as increasing interference from mainland China, overpowering the local government.

The city is ruled under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle which is supposed to provide for a level of independence for Hong Kong that other cities in China do not have.

Beijing has on multiple occasions accused western countries, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, of inciting violence and discord in the city since the protests broke out.

There have been no mass protests in Hong Kong since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. City authorities, however, led a surprise crackdown on Sunday where they arrested 15 prominent pro-democracy figures in the city.

China’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomats show teeth in escalating tensions with the West 

From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chinese officials belong to a new generation of ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomats, named after patriotic blockbuster films starring a muscle-bound Chinese commando killing American bad guys in Africa and Southeast Asia with his bare hands. 

‘The days when China can be put in a submissive position are long gone,’ said an editorial in the Global Times, a state-run newspaper known for its outspoken views. 

The Chinese people, it said, ‘are no longer satisfied with a flaccid diplomatic tone.’

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying is pictured speaking at a press conference in Beijing on March 30

The Chinese officials belong to a new generation of ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomats, named after patriotic blockbuster films starring a muscle-bound Chinese commando killing American bad guys with his bare hands. The picture shows a poster of the film

Ambassador Gui Congyou has belittled journalists in Sweden, comparing them to a lightweight boxer seeking to go toe-to-toe with a heavyweight China. 

A commentary on the embassy website last month assailed a Swedish reporter for an article on the impact of China’s one-party political system on its virus response.

‘Using this epidemic for political purposes, waging ideological attacks and spreading lies in the name of ‘freedom of speech’ will only lead to self-sabotage. It´s like lifting a rock and dropping it on your own toes,’ it said.

Chinese diplomats are increasingly taking to Twitter and Facebook – platforms that are blocked in their own country. 

FILE – In this file photo taken Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry new spokesman Zhao Lijian gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing.

They’re following in the footsteps of Zhao Lijian, a pioneering firebrand whose tweets while stationed in Pakistan attracted a huge following.

Zhao’s tweets also led America’s former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to call him a ‘racist disgrace’ who should be dismissed. 

China’s envoys in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda have been berated over reports of virus-related harassment of Africans in the city of Guangzhou, a rare public rebuke of Beijing by African nations. 

The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe waved away the anger, tweeting dismissively about ‘so-called racial discrimination.’

Chinese officials fume at what they see as Western hypocrisy. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing on March 18

Chinese officials fume at what they see as Western hypocrisy. They say President Donald Trump and other leaders ignored the brewing pandemic, then began scapegoating China once the virus arrived on their shores.

China’s Embassy in Berlin posted an open letter to a German newspaper, Bild, that accused the mass-circulation tabloid of ‘bad taste’ for blaming the pandemic on China and calculating how much it owes Germany in damages for failing to contain it. 

The embassy in Spain tweeted ‘Freedom of expression has limits,’ in response to a far-right politician who posted a video about ‘Spanish antibodies fighting the damned Chinese viruses.’

Under Xi, Beijing has launched coordinated efforts to shape China´s image abroad. Lifting a page from Russia´s playbook, it has mobilised thousands of bots to tweet the Communist Party line, according to Twitter. President Xi is seen visiting Wuhan

Under Xi, Beijing has launched coordinated efforts to shape China´s image abroad. Lifting a page from Russia´s playbook, it has mobilised thousands of bots to tweet the Communist Party line, according to Twitter. 

China has pumped funds into state media outlets broadcasting in Swahili, Arabic, Spanish, and dozens of other languages.

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