China passed the sweeping national-security law on July 1, months after huge protests erupted in Hong Kong over a different bill, which would make it easier to extradite criminal defendants to the mainland. Apple Daily, Lai’s paper, encouraged those demonstrations. (Lai had previously been arrested twice this year, accused of joining unsanctioned protests in 2019.) … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s Media Crackdown Has Begun in Earnest
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“When the national security law comes, that will be the beginning of the end for Hong Kong. It won’t be like it used to be; there will be no more rule of law and no more freedom. People will feel as if they have to leave,” Lai predicted at the time. “No matter how much they love this place, there will be nothing they can do about the situation. Nobody should try to stop them.” … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Swarm of 200 Police Raid Anti-Communist Newspaper
The local police force — now widely regarded as puppets of the regime in Beijing — said that Lai was arrested for allegedly “colluding” with foreign forces, which has been criminalised under the recently enacted draconian national security law. In 2019, Lai met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to warn the American leaders of the loss of freedom in the city. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s Last British Governor: Jimmy Lai Arrest ‘Most Outrageous Assault Yet’ on Hong Kong’s Free Press
Bizarrely, despite all of this, U.S.-China trade has remained stable. Economic interdependence seems to be the one thing that brings the two countries together. This inaction represents a continued, willful complacency motivated by greed. China represents one of the largest boons to the American economy: as our largest trading partner, America’s exports to China create nearly a million American jobs. So, countless presidents, CEOs, and other American leaders have looked the other way as China bullied its neighbors and imprisoned its citizens. … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong go the way of Xinjiang?
Jimmy Lai, a media mogul who owns the broadsheet met with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington to discuss the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and an extradition bill that drew massive protests. In the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies in Hong Kong, that counts as colluding with foreign powers to destabilize the city—and in turn disrupting the party’s grip on its political hierarchy. … [Read more...] about Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Media Mogul Who Met With Pompeo and Pence, Arrested for ‘Collusion With Foreign Forces’