UK foreign minister claims that Jimmy Lai’s issue was brought up with China’s vice-president earlier this month about Hong Kong’s national security statute.
The United Kingdom’s foreign minister revealed on Thursday that he had raised the case of jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, who holds a British passport and faces collusion charges in Hong Kong, with China’s vice-president earlier this month.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly reiterated his accusation that city authorities had used the Beijing-imposed national security legislation and the sedition law to “target prominent pro-democracy figures, journalists and politicians in an effort to silence and discredit them” in Britain’s latest six-monthly parliamentary report on Hong Kong.
“Detained British dual national Jimmy Lai is one such figure. I raised his case with Chinese Vice-President Han Zheng earlier this month, and we have raised it at the highest levels with the Hong Kong authorities,” Cleverly said.
In response, the Hong Kong government issued a strongly worded statement on Thursday night, saying it “strongly disapproved” of the report and urged Britain to stop interfering in the city’s matters.