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China expels American newspaper journalist, who reveals money laundering against Jinping's brother

China expels American newspaper journalist, who reveals money laundering against Jinping's brother

China expelled a journalist from the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal. Singapore-based journalist Chun Han Wong (33) wrote a report on July 30 against Ming Chai, cousin of Chinese President Xi Jinping. It claimed that investigations were underway against the President's brother for gambling and money laundering in Australia.

A Chinese official said Chun Han Wong's recognition of the press has been canceled and will not be renewed. A spokesman for the newspaper publisher said that Chinese authorities have not extended Chun Han's recognition any further. We are watching this issue. This is the first time in China that such action was taken against a journalist from The Wall Street Journal.

Journalist Wong left for Hong Kong

Chun Han Wong had been working in Beijing Bureau for The Wall Street Journal since 2014 and was known for his political coverage in China. He was working as a staff reporter for the journal since 2011. He used to work in Singapore before coming to China. According to a media report, Wong left for Hong Kong on Friday evening.

On July 30, a report on Ming Chai was published

Wong was among the two journalists who published a report on Jinping's cousin and Australian citizen Ming Chai in the journal on 30 July. This report stated how Chai is facing investigations into crime and money laundering in Australia. However, the report was not clear whether Jinping was personally involved in the crime or he was aware of the brother's activities.

The report was rejected by the Chinese Foreign Ministry

The report by The Wall Street Journal was dismissed by the Chinese Foreign Minister as baseless. Recently, other journalists and Australian citizens of the journal, Philip Wen, were granted a visa of only three months by China, whereas the visa period for foreign journalists is usually at least 12 months.

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