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My meeting with Paul Wolfowitz not sinister, says Jimmy Lai

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 2:43am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 8:07am

Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and his top aide yesterday hit back at reports that linked his meeting last month with former US deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz with the debates on Hong Kong's political reform.

Sing Tao Daily and Eastweek Magazine reported that Lai and Wolfowitz met on a yacht in Sai Kung for five hours.

They did not mention what was discussed, but Sing Tao's last line reads: "It's intriguing that [Wolfowitz] suddenly appeared in Hong Kong before July 1, and met Lai for five hours."

The US consulate refused to comment on the reports.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she did not know a lot about the meeting. But she said Beijing was against foreign forces intervening in Hong Kong's affairs.

Lai said in his own online show that he and Wolfowitz had known each other for a long time. He said he had never received foreign funding nor had any links with foreign powers.

Asked why the meeting lasted so long, Lai replied: "We don't just chat on the boat. We go swimming too."

Mark Simon, a commercial director at Next Media Animation, said the reports were an attempt to divert attention from the cyberattack on the website of Apple Daily, published by Next Media.

"They are doing everything they can to keep the hack out of the story," Simon said. "This is another sad attempt to change the topic in Hong Kong."

Apple Daily, which is known for its pro-democracy stance and has reported extensively on Occupy Central, has been targeted by hackers ahead of the movement's "referendum" on electoral reform.

Last week Beijing released a white paper that said "outside forces" were interfering in Hong Kong's political development - a claim rejected by Washington.

Simon said that Lai and Wolfowitz had been friends since the latter became head of the US-Taiwan Business Council in 2008. Last June the pair went to Myanmar and during the trip Lai was twice invited by the Chinese embassy to a dinner in Yangon.

"So the Chinese are well aware of the friendship," Simon said.

Wolfowitz was deputy defence secretary in the George W. Bush administration between 2001 and 2005.

He then joined the World Bank as president but was forced to resign in 2007 after an internal panel concluded that he had broken bank rules by securing his girlfriend a pay rise and a promotion.

Additional reporting by Kristine Kwok



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Makes you wonder just what kind of democracy JImmy Lai really has in mind when someone like Wolfowitz is your pal. Just ask the Iraqis.
But perhaps this is nothing new as I seem to recall some years back that one of the top "Pro-Democracy" advocates had an assistant who had been a staffer of the notorious, racist Senator Jesse Helms.
True. Better to live in a nice dictatorship where princes and princelings make all your decisions for you and you seek to crush any idea that non-communists have a role in choosing the government. Run along, there are princeling boots to be licked to a nice shine.
OMG, meeting with Satan himself and he says not 'sinister', nice one Jimmy, lol.......
How About
Well done Sing Tao and Eastweek!
It's way overdue but nonetheless good to see two responsible press fearlessly publish and tell all of HK and China who Jimmy Lai truly is! I wonder whether we can soon expect to read reports tracing the Lai's financings to the source?
Dubya, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz were and are still financed by MICC, FICC [Finance, Wall Street] AND the USA taxpayers. They are all war criminals like Himmler and Hess. No peace loving HKer should be associated with these cretins.
a meeting of wolves and snakes...........what do u expect?
it's no secret that the US supports "democratic movements" abroad thru official, sanctioned funding. whether lai received some is not important.
wolf's et al record in iraq is.
wolf et al is trying hard very hard to do another iraq this part of the world at the behest of their defence manufacturer cohorts. nothing covert about it, just $$ and cents, guys!
You need to stop sniffing glue. It has rotted your brain.
Wolfowitz, Bush, Cheney all should be charge at The Hague for war crimes. Jimmy's as usual a double headed snake.
They met for several hours in a YACHT. Even NSA cannot know what they are talking.
Wolfowitz is a war criminal, plain and simple and Jimmy Lai is now meeting with war criminals.
I Gandhi
Jimmy Lai meeting the war criminal Paul Wolfowitz if not sinister is certainly detrimental to HK freedoms.


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