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A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson defended the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Tuesday, saying that “no one has any extra-legal privileges,” while speaking at a press conference in Beijing.
Spokesman Zhao Lijian stated that “China is a country under the rule of law. Hong Kong is a society under the rule of law,” and stressed that the central government supports “the law enforcement of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in performing their duties in accordance with the law.”
“As long as anyone in any organisation does not violate the law, there is nothing to worry about it,” Zhao added.
Lai, the founder of the Apple Daily newspaper and a prominent opposition figure in Hong Kong, was arrested on Monday under the recently introduced national security law for allegedly colluding with foreign powers.
Zhao also slammed the recent comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the issue, as “irresponsible” and “erroneous.”
“These political lies have no factual basis, and China has stated its solemn position for many times,” Zhao added.
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