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Chinese tactics affect every level

By Paul Lin 林保華

However, after Xu fled to the US, Tung was still trusted by the CCP and defeated senior judge Yang Tieliang (楊鐵樑), a candidate recommended by Xu’s successor, Zhou Nan (周南), to be Hong Kong’s first chief executive.

The reason Beijing valued Tung was his network in the US: When Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) visited the US, Tung was a member of the Chinese delegation.

In November last year, Tung crony Patrick Ho Chi-ping (何志平), the husband of Taiwanese star Sibelle Hu (胡慧中), and who was Hong Kong secretary for Home Affairs during Tung’s first term as chief executive and also vice chairman and secretary-general of the China Energy Fund Committee, was arrested in the US for engaging in “civilian diplomacy,” bribing diplomats from African nations in the US to promote China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Although many celebrities have expressed willingness to pay Ho’s bail, the court of first instance and the court of appeal last month rejected his bail request, which only goes to show how serious the problem is.

And these are just some of China’s fifth column activities in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the US.

Paul Lin is a political commentator.

Translated by Lin Lee-kai

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