China arrests Australian CGTN host Cheng Lei

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    China arrests Australian CGTN host Cheng Lei

    The CCP is at it again!

    An Australian employee of China’s state broadcaster CGTN has been arrested on suspicion of “illegally supplying state secrets overseas,” Canberra said Monday.

    State secrets?  Like reporting the news that was not favorable to the CCP?

    In a statement, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Cheng Lei, who has been detained in China since August 13, 2020, had been formally arrested on February 5.

    “Chinese authorities have advised that Ms Cheng was arrested on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas,” Payne said, adding that “the Australian Government has raised its serious concerns about Ms Cheng’s detention regularly at senior levels, including about her welfare and conditions of detention.”

    So the CCP had used her as a pawn against the country of Australian.  Now to add pressure they have now given a false charge on her.

    She was one of CGTN’s top anchors, helming the daily “Global Business” show, conducting high-profile interviews, as well as driving “content innovation” and taking part in special projects.

    So because she had asked some questions they did not want to answer, most likely.

    Cheng’s original detention came amid rapidly worsening ties between Canberra and Beijing. After Australia called for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, China targeted it over trade, slapping products with tariffs and blocking acquisitions by Australian companies.

    When the CCP has no case, they use human hostages to get things done their way.

    Bill Birtles, Beijing correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Mike Smith, Shanghai correspondent for the Australian Financial Review (AFR), were told they were “persons of interest in an investigation” into Cheng. Both sought the protection of consular officials, and were eventually able to fly out of China after a five-day diplomatic standoff.

    Oh, they wanted more journalists as hostages.

     

    Everyone needs to get out of areas controlled by the CCP.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin confirmed Cheng’s arrest and asked Australia to “stop interfering.”

    Stop interfering in the CCP’s take over of the world, and how other nations do business.

    Stop supporting the CCP, and the stealing of jobs, intellectual properties, human rights violations, etc.

    #226012

    On a similar note:

    China tries Chinese Australian writer on espionage charge

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday put a Chinese Australian writer on trial for alleged espionage and denied the Australian ambassador in Beijing access to the hearing.

    But it is all transparent!

    His government (Australia) had been told earlier that a representative would not be allowed to attend the trial because it is a national security case. Fletcher said China has only said that the charge against Yang involves espionage.

    Which could meet anything.

    “This is deeply regrettable and concerning and unsatisfactory,” Fletcher said. “We’ve had longstanding concerns about this case, including lack of transparency, and therefore have concluded that it’s an arbitrary detention.”

    Taking human hostages to force other nations to bend to the whims of the CCP.  They have done it before (two Michaels from Canada).  And will continue to do so.

    Yang’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said the hearing concluded shortly before 5 p.m., with a verdict to be issued at a later date, but declined further comment, saying “the case involves state secrets.”

    Like calling out the CCP, most likely.

    China says Cheng has been lawfully detained on suspicion of violating Chinese national security laws.

    Yep, that explains it all.  You violated the thought police!

    Yang’s case illustrates how China targets political opponents and human rights activists with its opaque legal system, including detention without notice and secret hearings, Rosenzweig said.

    HHmmm… just like those done by the Nazis and Soviets.  What could possibly go wrong.

    Australia will continue to “advocate strongly” for Yang and did not see a link between his case and the overall state of ties with China, Fletcher said.

    WHAT!

    The trial comes at a time of deteriorating relations between the two countries, brought on by Chinese retaliation against Australian legislation against foreign involvement in its domestic politics, the exclusion of telecommunications giant Huawei from its 5G phone network, and calls for an independent investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak that was first detected in China in late 2019.

    It is a direct retaliation to Australia.

    The world and the media needs to wake up!

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    Going to china is the same as going to north korea, don’t do it! If your boss sends you to china fire your boss and get a new job.

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