Jimmy Lai Allegedly Shared Plan to Trigger China's Collapse, Prosecution Witness Claims

Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily founder, accused of plotting to trigger China's collapse and install US-style democracy in Hong Kong, as his national security trial continues in the city.

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Jimmy Lai Allegedly Shared Plan to Trigger China's Collapse, Prosecution Witness Claims

Jimmy Lai Allegedly Shared Plan to Trigger China's Collapse, Prosecution Witness Claims

According to prosecution witness Wayland Chan, Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai shared a strategy with him in January 2020 aimed at triggering China's political and economic collapse by influencing foreign policies. Chan testified at Lai's national security trial in Hong Kong, where the pro-democracy media tycoon faces sedition and collusion charges.

Chan claimed that during a meeting in Taipei, Lai outlined a four-point plan to steer foreign governments' China policies in his favor. The alleged strategy included disseminating information about Hong Kong abroad, appealing to international concerns and seeking condemnations, linking up with foreign officials to relay ideas to activists, and regularly contacting foreign political consultants and advisers to influence their governments' policies.

Prosecutors accused Lai of using Chan as a middleman to relay instructions to the 'Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong' advocacy group, with the aim of instigating economic sanctions and other hostile acts from the West against China. Lai allegedly expected China's GDP to plummet by 40% due to his strategy, which he claimed would create an opportunity for democratic reforms.

Why this matters: The trial of Jimmy Lai, a prominent figure in Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, highlights the ongoing tensions between Beijing and activists in the city. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for press freedom and the future of Hong Kong's political landscape.

Lai has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him under Hong Kong's national security law. Experts from the UN have called on China to drop all charges against Lai and release him immediately, condemning the "multiple and serious violations" of his rights.

Key Takeaways

  • Prosecution witness claims Lai plotted to trigger China's collapse via foreign policy influence.
  • Lai's alleged 4-point plan included disseminating info, appealing to int'l concerns, and contacting foreign officials.
  • Prosecutors accused Lai of using a middleman to relay instructions to an advocacy group for economic sanctions.
  • Lai's trial highlights tensions between Beijing and Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, with implications for press freedom.
  • UN experts call on China to drop charges against Lai, citing "multiple and serious violations" of his rights.