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    Hong Kong Leader Says China’s Sentencing of US Citizen Exposes National Security Threats

    Hong Kong Leader Says China's Sentencing of US Citizen Exposes National Security Threats

    HONG KONG — The life sentence imposed by on a 78-year-old U.S. citizen, who was also a Hong Kong permanent resident, on spying charges shows the should “stay vigilant” to security risks, its leader said Tuesday.

    Chief Executive John Lee answered none of the lingering questions about why John Shing-Wan Leung was prosecuted. The sentence was announced Monday but neither the Hong Kong government nor the court in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou that tried Leung have released details of the charges.

    “This incident showed us that national security risks could be hidden in society. That's why we repeatedly stressed that, although Hong Kong's situation appears to be largely stabilized, we can't let down our guard over national security risks and have to stay vigilant,” Lee said.

    The government said mainland Chinese authorities had informed Hong Kong of his arrest in 2021. Hong Kong's government was prepared to provide assistance to anyone arrested by mainland authorities upon request but had not yet received any in Leung's case, authorities said.

    Lee, a former police officer and ex-head of security in the city, was effectively appointed to lead Hong Kong last year after running unopposed in an election choreographed by . In his previous posts, he oversaw a campaign that crushed the -democracy camp.

    In an echo of party propaganda, Lee referred to the 2019 pro-democracy protests that triggered…

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