China releases photos of meeting between HK pro-democracy activists and Belize citizen Lee Henley, who allegedly funds criminal activities that threaten national security


24th May 2020 – (Hong Kong) Chinese authorities arrested a Belize citizen, Lee Henley Hu Xiang in Guangzhou on 26th November who allegedly worked with foreign parties to intervene in Hong Kong. Local media reported that he was a Belizean businessman living in China, and had funded key members of hostile forces in the US to undermine China’s national security. He was subsequently prosecuted and accused of supporting activities that led to social unrest in Hong Kong. An inside source familiar with Lee’s family background told the Global Times that Lee’s grandfather, who started a business in Hong Kong, also lived there and in the UK with his aunts and uncles. Lee’s father worked on the mainland and formerly taught at a university.  A separate source and former business associate told the Global Times that for the last 30 years, Lee had conducted business in China as a senior executive of a US company. The company, Eastern America, has offices across the country. According to the company’s website, it is registered in Boston, Massachusetts, and provides design, construction, and installation for buildings and industrial projects.  The company has been operating in China since 1984. Headquartered in Shanghai, it has built factories in Kunshan, East China’s Jiangsu Province, Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province, and Shenyang, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province.

Official media on Saturday (23rd) released two photos of him meeting with the former pro-democracy Hong Kong Legislative Councilor, Leung Kwok Hung (Long Hair) and Alex Chow Yong-kang, a former student of the University of Hong Kong and secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students respectively. The report alleged the photos proved that the protests in Hong Kong were funded externally, and also proved that the implementation of national security legislation in Hong Kong is urgent. Global Times reported that sources who had contact with Lee in Hong Kong recently obtained direct evidence to show he colluded with Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. They were two photos of him meeting with Leung Kwok Hung and Alex Chow Yong-kang. The report said that it can be seen that Lee and the separatists in Hong Kong have a close-knit relationship, and at the same time further confirms that he has been using his American company to set up a base and representative offices in China before using his money made to fund the Hong Kong’s protests.

Lee Henley and Leung Kwok Hung
Lee Henley and Alex Chow.

Lee was involved in funding criminal activities that endangered national security and intervened in Hong Kong affairs. He was arrested at the end of November last year and transferred to the Guangzhou Municipal People’s Procuratorate for review and prosecution in April this year. Lee’s grandfather had done business in Hong Kong, and some of his relatives still live in Hong Kong. His father works in the Mainland, and he also acquired Belize nationality through relatives in Hong Kong.

According to people familiar with the matter, in the past 30 years, Lee was a partner, first vice president, and chief representative in China of a US-funded company, Eastern America. He was using company funds to secretly support the anti-government movement in Hong Kong. The report continued that, due to the lack of national security legislation in Hong Kong, this crime could not be punished by law in Hong Kong. Although Lee has been arrested, it is because of his business in the Mainland that makes him unable to escape the China’s legal loophole. However, there are still no effective laws against other independent funders of anti-government movement outside Hong Kong. The report also pointed out that during the anti-extradition movement last year, many Hong Kong activists such as Joshua Wong and Nathan Law have advocated Hong Kong independence. They met with US diplomats and other foreign politicians on multiple occasions to interfere with Hong Kong affairs. Their rampant actions were legally condoned due to the long-term lack of national security legislation in Hong Kong.