Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019. 11:10 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Reuters news agency reports that Mainland China has arrested a citizen of Belize “for allegedly colluding with people in the United States to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong,” citing local news sources.
Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean businessman who lives in China, had funded key members of “hostile forces” in the United States to undermine China’s national security, and supported activities that led to chaos in Hong Kong, the Southern Daily said, according to Reuters.
It did not give details.
Lee was arrested in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on November 26 by the Guangzhou State Security bureau, the report said.
Authorities in Guangzhou could not be immediately reached for comment.
Here in Belize, the Chinese Association of Belize confirmed it had no knowledge of Xiang and declined further comment.
Hong Kong – a business and trade gateway for China as an international financial center – has been mired in often violent anti-government protests for nearly six months.
The unrest has plunged the former British colony into its biggest political crisis in decades, at times forcing businesses, government, schools, and even the international airport to close, Reuters reports.
Reuters cited commentary from Xinhua official state news agency, which condemned the attempts by anti-China forces to pressure China by interfering in Hong Kong relations:
“[It] will eventually be a clown act, like a mantis trying to stop a chariot… Hong Kong will not sink in this way. The heartless scumbags will inevitably be swept into the ash heap of history.”
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