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Two held for ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong affairs

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One is a Belizean, the other Taiwanese

China has arrested a citizen of Belize for allegedly colluding with people in the U.S. to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong, the official Guangdong Communist Party newspaper reported on Saturday, citing local authorities.

Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean businessman who lives in China, had funded key members of “hostile forces” in the U.S. to undermine China’s national security, and supported activities that led to chaos in Hong Kong, the Southern Daily said. It did not give details.

Mr. Lee was arrested in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Nov. 26 by the Guangzhou State Security bureau, the report said.

Separately, the newspaper confirmed that a Taiwanese man, Lee Meng-Chu, was also arrested by the police in Shenzhen on October 31, for allegedly stealing state secrets for foreign forces after he made a trip to Hong Kong in August to support “anti-China” activities.

Mr. Lee, an adviser from a small township in Taiwan, had been missing since August 19 after traveling to Shenzhen.

He was being investigated for “engaging in criminal acts that endanger state security”, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council said in September.

Hong Kong, a business and trade gateway for China as an international financial center, has been mired in violent anti-government protests for nearly six months.

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