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CY Leung, former Hong Kong chief executive, promotes bounty for protesters

Leung Chun-ying (梁振英 Liáng Zhènyīng), a.k.a., CY Leung, Hong Kong’s unpopular chief executive between 2012 and 2017, advertised a bounty website, 803.hk, that offers crowd-funded cash rewards to tipsters who can submit information that leads to the arrest of certain Hong Kong protesters. “Please spread,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, with an image of the site:

The website is so-named because of an August 3 incident “in which a demonstrator flung the Chinese flag into the water of Hong Kong’s harbor,” according to Bloomberg.

The rewards range from HK$200,000 to HK$1 million ($127,000), reports the Hong Kong Free Press.

In other news from the troubled Pearl of the Orient:

Hong Kong’s chief executive met with “moderate young protesters” on Monday, says the South China Morning Post:

Most of the young people who on Monday spoke with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor [林鄭月娥 Lín Zhèng Yuè’é] in a landmark dialogue session had taken part in anti-government marches, organisers of the meeting have told the Post.

Government officials stuck to its plan to meet first with moderate young protesters before reaching out to more vocal and radical activists, a source familiar with plans to start a citywide dialogue platform said on Tuesday.

Beijing is using the “Fujian Hometown Association, which represents immigrants to Hong Kong from Fujian,” and other civic groups that are closely tied to the Party, to press its agenda in Hong Kong, according to a New York Times article titled From the shadows, China’s Communist Party mobilizes against Hong Kong protests (porous paywall).

“Hong Kong students abroad have described an atmosphere of fear, intimidation and vitriol in dealing with ultra-nationalistic mainland Chinese since the city’s anti-government protests broke out,” according to the South China Morning Post.

“Hong Kong has been added to YouTube’s list of regions where information panels are included on news channels that receive government funding,” reports the South China Morning Post:

Videos on YouTube from Chinese state media outlets now appear in Hong Kong with an information panel that says they are “funded in whole or in part by the Chinese government”.The label was applied to content from state broadcaster CCTV and its English-language arm CGTN, as well as clips posted by state-run tabloid Global Times, state newspaper China Daily, and state news agency Xinhua.

“Beijing on Tuesday voiced “strong dissatisfaction” with a joint statement issued by the G7 leaders, who backed Hong Kong’s autonomy and called for calm after months of civil unrest,” reports the Hong Kong Free Press.

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Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.

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  1. Peter Hanssens Reply

    As a Canadian we here in Canada have had first hand experience with China meddling in our own internal domestic affairs. One example is a former cabinet Minister in Kathleen Wynne’ s liberal government in Ontario. His name is Michael Chan and it is alleged that he had close ties to the Chinese Consulate General in Toronto and meet then on numerous occasions during his mandate . A story broke with the Globe and Mail newspaper on Michael Chan which painted a not so flattering story of his too close association with the PRC. Since that story was released The Globe and Mail was served with a lawsuit by Mr. Chan. The Globe and Mail stands by it’s story. Once Mr Chan left Ontario politics he worked at a prestigious Canadian law firm as a business advisor. During his tenure there he told part in a pro China demonstration in Markham Ontario as a result of the current events in Hong Kong. Subsequent to his attendance at this event where he spoke in favour of a severe crack down by the PRC on demonstrators in Hong Kong his views were not well received and he was fired from the law firm of Miller Thomson as a business advisor. The intelligence community had warned firms in Canada regarding the possible covert activities of Mr. Chan. His presence at the pro China event in Markham are no doubt the tip of the iceberg as to the interference on the PRC in Canadian domestic affairs through various ad hoc association that are just a front for the United Workers Party. With the current state of affairs between Canada and the PRC , Canadian’s view of China as a whole have become dramatically more negative in the past year to the point where it is close to being not saluable. Canada at this point is right to start seeking other markets for our goods and services as the ideological differences between Canada and the PRC make it impossible for our two countries to continue normal relations. Unfortunately the PRC has shown itself for what it truly is a very paranoid and insecure nation that doesn’t believe in a rules based system and with that an inflexibility that will eventually bring down it’s corrupt governance structure. All of this is an unfortunate situation for the ordinary Chinese citizen who is the result of a very orchestrated brainwashing that at the end of the day will only end when the Chinese economy contracts and economic rewards are curtailed.

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