China has expelled a Singaporean journalist from the mainland recently, owing to the idea that he unveiled some facts regarding President’s cousin.
As per the sources, he co-wrote a report that outlined the criminal affairs of Xi Jinping’s close relative. He was allegedly involved in high scale money laundering and gambling in various countries including Australia.
Notably, Chinese authorities communicated to the media that press credentials of Mr. Wong Chun Han has been expired on 30th August and would not be renewed. The 33 year old journalist was serving in WallStreet Journal Bureau Beijing since 2014 and is widely regarded for efficient coverage of Chinese politics.
However, previously, Wong had his association with WallStreet Journal Singapore since 2011. According to the latest reports, that Mr. Wong left Beijing for Hong Kong on Friday evening.
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This is the first time Beijing has expelled a WSJ reporter in such fashion.
Mr. Wong was one of two WSJ journalists who wrote a July 30 report detailing how Mr. Ming Chai, a cousin of Mr. Xi’s and an Australian citizen, was under investigation as part of an Australian crime and money laundering probe. The story, which was a joint investigation with Australian media, detailed Mr. Chai’s extravagant spending in resorts owned by Australian gaming tycoon James Packer.
Moreover, the WSJ story had pointed out that there were no signs Mr Xi was personally implicated or that he had known about his cousin’s activities in Australia.
However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry rubbished the report, calling it “groundless accusations based on some rumors”.
Mr Philip Wen, the other Beijing-based WSJ reporter and an Australian, had recently received a three-month visa, which is far shorter than the one year permit typically granted to foreign journalists operating in China.
In brief, the private wealth of the families of China’s political elite is one of the most sensitive topics in the country, and exposes have resulted in visa bans or delays for news outlets and reporters. However, Singaporean authorities are still quite on the matter.