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Beijing shuts down pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Thursday saw The Apple Daily’s final newspaper in Hong Kong. This comes after Hong Kong officials froze the paper’s assets, raided the newsroom and arrested three editors at the request of Beijing. Its owner, Jimmy Lai, is already in jail and has been since last fall.

Secretary for Security John Lee defended the shutdown in a press conference last week. “The action targets the use of journalistic work as a tool to endanger national security,” Lee said. “Normal journalists are different from these people. Don’t have any relations with them and keep away from them.”

Apple Daily photojournalist and nine year veteran KT agrees: there are no other journalists brave enough to do what they did. Bloomberg News followed KT around for his final days working for the paper. “There will still be newspapers, there will still be press in Hong Kong,” KT told them in an interview. “But no one is daring enough to report political news.”

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Number of illegal migrants from China, mostly single males, surpassing those from Mexico in some areas

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the total number of apprehensions from China at the conclusion of the 2023 fiscal year, was 24,048 persons, more than 10 times the 1,970 arrests recorded in 2022. Of the more than 140,000 Chinese nationals, mostly single males, who have illegally entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office, does not include persons who have evaded capture.

In one California border sector, where the majority are apprehended, CBP announced that between October and February, the 21,000 encounters with Chinese citizens surpassed the 18,700 Mexicans taken into custody.

Foreign Desk News explains that the migrants will typically fly to Ecuador, as there is no visa requirement, then pay guides to transport them to the U.S. border. Many of the transients will claim asylum on the basis that they are victims of the oppressive regime in Beijing.

The influx has caused concern in Washington over the possible national security implications, such as how on March 27, an unnamed Chinese individual was arrested for attempting to enter the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, without identification.

The Wall St. Journal reported that unauthorized Chinese citizens, often posing as tourists, attempted to access or surveil sensitive U.S. military instillations more than 100 times in recent years.

Last summer, House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), announced that his committee had obtained evidence from the U.S. Border Patrol confirming that many of the detained, and later released per Biden administration policy, have ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army.

 

 

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