[NFA] After U.S. counterintelligence said Russia was actively working to undermine Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead of the presidential election, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said China was trying to actively interfere as well. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials were “clowning actions” that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people. Olivia Chan reports.
Jimmy Lai, one of Hong Kong's most prominent democracy activists, was arrested on Monday for suspected collusion with foreign forces under the national security law, in what is the highest profile arrest yet under the new legislation. Ryan Brooks reports.
Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested on August 10 on charges of "collusion with a foreign country". Apple Daily, a fiercely pro-democracy newspaper that regularly takes on the Hong Kong government and the Chinese leadership. He is denounced by Chinese officials, pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong, and China's state-run news media. According to Apple Daily, 72-year-old Lai was being investigated on charges of partnering with a foreign country. Besides Lai, his two sons have also been arrested on charges of violating company business code. The authorities are probing Lai's private investments as well. The draconian law is aimed at crushing dissent in the erstwhile British colony which saw massive pro-democracy protests last year. The legislation came into effect on July 1, 2020.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested on suspicion of collusionwith foreign powers, his aide said, in the highest-profile use yet of thecity's new national security law. “Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusionwith foreign powers at this time,” Mark Simon wrote on Twitter. Hong Kongpolice said seven people had been arrested on suspicion of violating thenational security law, but the statement did not reveal the names of thosearrested.
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