Friday, June 20, 2014, 09:19
Office opposes foreign interference in HK
By Kahon Chan in Hong Kong

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR — discussing media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s meeting with a former US official — said it opposed foreign forces interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

A special edition of Eastweek showed Lai, owner of Next Media and Apple Daily, meeting Paul Wolfowitz, a former US deputy secretary of defense in George W. Bush’s administration. The pair met on Lai’s private yacht for five hours in late May.

Wolfowitz, who was also president of the World Bank between 2005 and 2007, is well-known in the US for his neo-conservative views and belief in a unilateral foreign policy. Wolfowitz also held the post of under secretary of defense between 1989 and 1993. He is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

The paparazzi of Eastweek also captured Mark Simon, a Taiwan-based commercial director of Next Media Group, walking with Wolfowitz at Sai Kung pier where Lai’s yacht was docked.  Before relocating to Hong Kong in 1992, Simon had spent three years working in the Pentagon as a submarine analyst.

Commenting on the report, a spokesman for the commissioner’s office said China resolutely opposes intervention by foreign forces in the internal affairs of Hong Kong.

At the same time, the spokesman said China also opposes attempts made by “certain people” to draw in foreign influences to intervene in local affairs. The statement was issued on its official website with direct reference to Jimmy Lai.

Lai has admitted to taking the former Bush advisor on a five-hour leisure boat tour around Hong Kong.

He also told his newspaper that former head of Democratic Party Martin Lee Chu-ming was also invited to the “meeting with friends”.

Eastweek also said the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its two subsidiaries had been offering training and funding to organizations in Hong Kong. The report alleged that NED is controlled by US intelligence agencies.