Alleged financial backer of anti-government activities in Hong Kong identified by Chinese security programme

Lee Henley HuXiang

14th April 2024 – (Beijing) During a detailed broadcast today, the Ministry of State Security in China disclosed the results of its recent national security initiative, highlighting the capture of significant individuals involved in multiple espionage incidents that have significantly impacted the region over the past few years.

Among the revelations was the identification of Lee Henley HuXiang, a Belizean national, as a major financial supporter of anti-government activities in Hong Kong, notably during the 2014 Occupy Central and the 2019 Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement.

The programme, which marks the National Security Education Day, is part of a broader initiative titled “Innovation and Enforcement in National Security.” It has brought to light the involvement of foreign actors in internal political unrest, casting a spotlight on HuXiang, who has reportedly bankrolled operations against the Chinese government.

HuXiang, who faced charges of soliciting prostitution and fraud in the 1980s in China, has since been implicated in a series of anti-China activities abroad. During the turbulent period of the Anti-Extradition Law protests in Hong Kong, substantial funds were discovered to be funnelled illegally into the region to support what the Chinese authorities describe as “chaotic anti-China activities.” Investigations traced these funds back to HuXiang, revealing a deep-seated network aimed at destabilizing the region.

Additionally, HuXiang is said to have established connections with key anti-China figures overseas, including funding individuals who facilitated introductions of prominent Hong Kong activists like Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and others to Western politicians aimed at undermining Chinese and Hong Kong authorities. In 2021, HuXiang was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for his role in financing activities deemed detrimental to national security.

In a related disclosure, John Shing-Wan Leung, a U.S. citizen originally from Hong Kong, was also spotlighted. Leung, who migrated to the U.S. in 1983 to run a restaurant, was later recruited by U.S. intelligence agencies. Having confessed to his espionage activities on camera, Leung expressed regret, warning against the deceptive allure of foreign enticements. Last year, he received a life sentence for his involvement.

The programme also touched upon the case of Cheng Yu-chin, a former assistant to the incoming head of Taiwan’s Executive Yuan, Cho Jung-tai, who was revealed to be a professor at Charles University and the head of the Central European Institute for Political and Economic Studies. Accused of accepting espionage funds from Taiwan and actively gathering intelligence in China under academic cover, Cheng was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2022.