Joshua Wong dismisses Xinhua article on alleged CIA links

July 29, 2015 19:15
Xinhua says Joshua Wong visited Venetian Macao in 2011 and his father had a meeting with a US official. Photos: HKEJ

Pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po, citing a report from the official Xinhua News Agency, reported Tuesday that Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong and his family met former US consul general in Hong Kong Stephen Young during a visit to Macau in 2011.

Wong dismissed the article as a collection of rumors.

Wong and his family had been invited by the American Chamber of Commerce to visit Macau in July 2011 and was offered to stay in a suite at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, which is owned by Sands China Ltd. (01928.HK), the report said.

During the visit, Wong Wai-ming, Wong’s father, met Young, it said.

Wong's father and Young met again in August 2012 to talk about the student leader, according to the newspaper.

The article said it was “mysterious” that the meeting was held in a hotel owned by Sands China, suggesting that the US Central Intelligence Agency might have been behind the meeting.

Steven Jacobs, former chief executive of Sands China, filed a case against Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson for ordering him to gather information about Macau government officials, the newspaper said, citing media reports.

Although media reports did not provide evidence that Sands China’s casinos in Macau are collecting intelligence for the US government, it would not be surprising if they did so, Xinhua said.

Dismissing the Xinhua article as a collection of rumors, Joshua Wong said on his Facebook page that he did not visit Macau in July 2011 and his parents had never met the former US consul general.

The Xinhua writer did not even exert an effort to make the story believable, Wong said. “They are more like jokes.”

This is not the first time Wen Wei Po had tried to prove a connection between Wong and US officials.

In May, the newspaper reported that the US offered Wong a scholarship and a chance to study in some of the famous American universities.

It also said the US army had offering to provide military training to the young man.

Wong said the article was pure fiction.

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